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Old 08-08-2009, 11:27 AM   #31
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FWIW I think he is doing 3.5 gallon batches and starting with 4.5

4.5 gallons from 160F to boiling takes 18 minutes with 2000W

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Old 08-08-2009, 12:15 PM   #32
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Pol's got it. Since the system is always at 170 when I kick the PID to manual mode for the boil, time is actually a little less. I think Pol and I both found that a 5 gal boil is about the max for 120V with a single element. Proceed with caution if you're considering to scale this setup to 5 gal batches where you'll be wanting 6-7 gal pre-boil. A 240V kettle like Pols would be much more appropriate.

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Old 08-08-2009, 01:57 PM   #33
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FWIW, I can boil 7.5-8 gallons from sparge temp. in 13 minutes with 5500W, then dial it back to 70% for the remainder of the boil. If scaling up, like J said... 240VAC is necessary as you will need a solid 3500W or so to get a nice boil at 7.5 gallons or so.

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Old 08-08-2009, 03:38 PM   #34
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OK, I started a build thread in DIY...

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Pol's got it. Since the system is always at 170 when I kick the PID to manual mode for the boil, time is actually a little less. I think Pol and I both found that a 5 gal boil is about the max for 120V with a single element. Proceed with caution if you're considering to scale this setup to 5 gal batches where you'll be wanting 6-7 gal pre-boil. A 240V kettle like Pols would be much more appropriate.
Thanks guys. I actually only do 2.75gal batches. I'm the only beer drinker in the house and I like to brew and have variety. This is why this system is so appealing to me. Looking forward to reading the build thread!
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:52 PM   #36
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Na, FireRock for me, Steep Trail w/Jagged Edge in 24 pack from Costco is always in the outside frig for the general party company. The good biers on tap for those that appreciate a bier not general bier..
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:22 AM   #37
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Na, FireRock for me, Steep Trail w/Jagged Edge in 24 pack from Costco is always in the outside frig for the general party company. The good biers on tap for those that appreciate a bier not general bier..
What island you on BrewBeemer where you can get beers from Concord California at your Costco, Bethel Island?
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What island you on BrewBeemer where you can get beers from Concord California at your Costco, Bethel Island?
Your locations would take many days paddling an outrigger unless the westerly winds
were in my favor.
I'm still working on that keg of rum that washed ashore on the island.
Rum in the winter sounds mighty good on the beach watching the sunsets letting all worries pass.
Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink.
Careful, I have lehr on the run going crazy looking for where my island home's located.
One friend just sold a 60' tall palm tree for $15K, it was transplanted 1 1/2 miles away on the island.
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Really? It took me 5 minutes and some google to solve the riddle. I guess that explains getting Black Diamond from Costco. You near the bay or the town?
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Neither, a city with over 3,000 privately owned boats some with waterfront properties and as well 8 marinas and the ability to handle up to 30 plus ships.

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