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Old 12-07-2011, 08:52 PM   #11
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No, there's a lot of shady wiring going on there, if I took bigger pictures of the area you would see it. I bribed my electrician over to ttake a look at the panel for some beer lol. He told me due to age, I'm looking at more of a 30amp cap, and the manufacturer of the panel does not make GFCI breakers for it, so I'm guessing to play it safe, I'd run the output of this panel to a spa panel that folks talk about a lot on here?

What would be the smallest element I could get away with in a keggle HLT that can get 15~ gallons up to mash out temps in less then an hour?
A 4500w elements should heat to 150+ in less than hour. I know the 5500w can heat 12gals to 170 in 40mins.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:32 PM   #12
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According to my calculator, under ideal conditions it will take 59 minutes for a 4500watt element to get 15 gallons of water from 50 to 170F.

I use 5500's in my system, and that is pretty close to what I get.

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Old 12-07-2011, 09:47 PM   #13
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According to my calculator, under ideal conditions it will take 59 minutes for a 4500watt element to get 15 gallons of water from 50 to 170F.

I use 5500's in my system, and that is pretty close to what I get.

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Nice calculator...I definitely be using that.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:34 PM   #14
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Mighty fine calc, very accurate. 12gals to 170 using a 5500w= 38.6mins.
Sorry I was wrong, I said 40mins.

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