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Old 06-06-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default E-kettle: How to install element?

Hey guys,

I recently made a keggle and would like to install an element, using it as a HLT and BK.

I've read a lot of posts about electric setups but could not find one that shows a best practice for installing the element.

Here are my questions:

1. What type of element is best (I believe 120vac 20amp breaker can support up to 1500W), but what about 220VAC? What is a good choice for heating 10-12 gallons in a reasonable amount of time?

2. Low density? What is the best choice here... where are you buying your elements?

3. How do I install this thing? What coupler is needed and how is the wiring on the back of the element covered?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 06-06-2010, 06:56 PM   #2
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www.bargainfittings.com sells the stainless nut and o-ring you drill a hole and install it with the nut/o-ring on the inside.

Or you could do what I did and have the stainless nut welded to the outside of the kettle.

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Old 06-06-2010, 07:59 PM   #3
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Do you leave the outside of the element exposed or do you use a pipe cap to cover it somehow? Thanks

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If you are heating 10-12 gallons, you will want to go with 240VAC if you can... otherwise you will be waiting half the day.

BargainFittings has all you need to install it

Low Watt or ULTRA Low Watt, I prefer CAMCO products, find them online anywhere.

Most guys pot their electrical connections in an epoxy with suitable dielectric properties.

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Here you go!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/blin...version-93217/

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Yup, just like that
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http://theelectricbrewery.com/node/9

I followed this write up and am quite satisfied.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:01 AM   #8
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This is exactly what I was looking for! Looks like 240VAC is best for 10+ gallons.

How long do your kettles take to reach a boil using 240V (5500W?) elements?

Thanks again

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Old 06-07-2010, 02:35 AM   #9
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Check out http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/node/9. They do a good job of showing it.

I had problems with the 5500W element that I bought at Lowes because the threaded section was not very long and my HLT is an aluminum keggle (thick) so I couldn't use the 2gang panel that they recommend. It works fine on my regular keggle.

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I used high temperature solder and am very pleased with it. If you want some more information on mine, just let me know.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/modu...rewery-177852/

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