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Old 03-23-2009, 06:15 PM   #11
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Looks nice. I think I will give it a try if I can find a false bottom that will fit.

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Old 03-23-2009, 08:36 PM   #12
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what are you using for the electric element? i've got a gas stove that can get 6.5 gallons going at a boil, but it takes and hour and it's not what i would call rolling

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Old 03-23-2009, 08:57 PM   #13
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I have 5500 watt water heater element in my boil kettle. For the mash tun I think you would want less than 2000 watts.

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Old 03-23-2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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I would recommend this type of element if you want to stay 120volt.. Here
It is low watt density and a good power level for mash tun for 5-6 gallon batches.

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Old 03-23-2009, 11:06 PM   #15
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Is that a 1" thread?

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Old 03-23-2009, 11:11 PM   #16
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Yeah it is a standard 1" thread.. it was the highest wattage, lowest watt density 120 volt element i could find.
It is 12" long so you need i good size MLT.

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Old 03-23-2009, 11:22 PM   #17
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I would fear scorching as the initial runnings of the mash are pretty high gravity.
We have a RIMs with a 120v element in a pipe, and have never had any scortching or darkening.
In fact we've had medal winning American Lagers brewed with it.
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