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Old 02-08-2013, 08:29 PM   #581
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so TWO 120v elements in total? yes, that would work

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Old 02-08-2013, 09:15 PM   #582
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But not all the time. One hooked up to the system and the other seperately plugged in just to bring to a boil.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #583
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Just wanted to post a huge "Thank you" to jkarp! I did a build very similar to your OP. I just don't have a pump, so I lift the MT up to a higher shelf. The Reflectix is a great call for insulating the kettle.

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:19 PM   #584
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jkarp - awesome system! What do you do for packaging for your 3g of fermented beer? Bottle? Keg? I really like this setup, but I already have about seven 5-gallon corneys

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Old 06-07-2013, 09:40 PM   #585
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fantastic setup! definitely what i'm going to work towards.
since i'd rather not modify my current equipment, i figured i'd start with a fresh kettle.
would something like this work?
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/backyard-pro-30-quart-aluminum-stock-pot-turkey-fry-pot-with-lid-and-accessories/554BP30AL.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&ut m_term=554BP30AL&utm_campaign=PLA&gclid=CNf7s-fz0rcCFUyY4AodoEsAtg
not sure if it's the right dimensions, and since i'm planning on small batches like jkarp, don't know if 30 quarts is too much.

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Old 06-26-2013, 06:53 PM   #586
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30 quart is just about perfect, and the geometry of turkey fryer pots is ideal for electric brewing - less heat loss.

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i found a 24-qt stock pot that's 12-1/4" wide by 12-1/2" high.
the turkey fryer is 12-1/2" wide by 15-1/2" high, but it's 30 quarts.
would a 1/4" make that much of a difference with the heat loss?
they're both about the same price, too, so i'm having a hard time picking one.

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:28 PM   #588
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What's the general consensus on aluminum vs stainless steel for the brew kettle with this particular setup? I'm looking at 30-32qt turkey fryer kettles and can't decide.. Aluminum would be cheaper and easier to drill but stainless would be easier to clean.. Suggestions?

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So I just came across this thread and I have all the stuff for 5 gallon batch but after seeing this it makes the transition to electric brewing fairly easy. From what I have read I could use 2 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006JLVBW One plugged into the PID and one into another outlet for it to work.

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So I just came across this thread and I have all the stuff for 5 gallon batch but after seeing this it makes the transition to electric brewing fairly easy. From what I have read I could use 2 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006JLVBW
Might it be worth thinking about low density elements instead? HBT search "low watt density". That amazon link you pointed to is high density.

Here is one link from the various threads on this: PlumbingSupply.com

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One plugged into the PID and one into another outlet for it to work.
You would need to make sure the outlets are off different circuits coming out of your power distribution box (if two elements - plus whatever else running - will exceed the rating of the circuit plugged into).
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