Originally Posted by jeffmeh
You realize you will only get 1125W or so running that element at 120V, yes? A 2000W 120V element might be a better choice.
I'm a bit capped by my availiable power in my garage. need to stay under the 15amps total, and that includes lights in the garage, radio, pump, and element. So I figured the 4500watt element vs the 5500watt would be the right choice.
I will also have a direct fire option via burner for more rapid temperature changes, I mainly need the RIMS element to slowly approach my target and hold the temp, so balance my heat loss by the kettle and evaporation. If I'm having trouble maintaining temp on colder brew days I'll have to look into insulating the lines and kettle.