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Old 01-31-2009, 05:42 PM   #11
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Very nice. This will be a great reference in the future. I've been wanting to do this so I can brew inside out of the cold and not worry about ventilation. have you had any problem with scorching on the element?


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Old 01-31-2009, 06:00 PM   #12
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Looks nice... I would only point out a couple things

#1 A 30qt pot will be pretty small for doing full boils on a 5 gallon batch, especially with electrical components attached to the side of the kettle (read boil over) (7-7.5 gallons for a 5 gallon batch)

#2 A 3000W element will take about 25 minutes to get from 150F (typical runoff temp after it drains to the kettle) to a boil (maybe not a big deal)

#3 My 5500W element in my BK has to run at no less than 65% to keep a decent vigorous boil going (ambient temp 60F, no wind) that ammounts to 3,575 watts of power. 3000W is 55% and I cannot really keep any sort of boil going with that percent power, and far from vigorous? Again, 7-7.5 gallons for a 5 gallon batch.


It looks awesome and clean, but there are certain advantages if you are already running 240VAC to using a PID and SSR ($85 for the combo) to that you can switch a larger element. If you ever do choose to do more than 5 gallon batches youd definately have to upgrade to something higher wattage and in turn something that can switch more amps. It would really stink to be out in the garage in on a cold day and not be able to get a sufficient boil going.

That being said, this would be perfect for partial boils.

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Old 02-01-2009, 04:45 AM   #13
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excellent info, thanks
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:23 PM   #14
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#1 A 30qt pot will be pretty small for doing full boils on a 5 gallon batch, especially with electrical components attached to the side of the kettle (read boil over) (7-7.5 gallons for a 5 gallon batch)
I am currently on my third generation of my Electric Kettle which uses a 40qt pot. The one that I have written up in my plans is for the 30 qt. I am a mini mash brewer so I use the 40 qt to bring my water to strike temperature and the 30 qt to boil my wort.

I quess you are right about the boil over but I have found that when I do have a boilover it is becaue of lack of attention to detail and it probably would not have mattered what size of pot I had.

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Old 02-10-2009, 11:06 PM   #15
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I would love a set of your instructions for the electric kettle. Cheers, Al
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:45 PM   #16
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Tried to open the PDF but had no luck with the EPS extension. would you be abe to send it out with out the EPS extension?
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:53 PM   #17
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The Electric Kettle CHANGE MY EXTENSION TO pdf.eps
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:38 PM   #18
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Tried to open the PDF but had no luck with the EPS extension. would you be abe to send it out with out the EPS extension?
Just rename it, change the extension to .pdf instead of .eps
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Just wanted to update everyone who was interested in my electric kettle. I purchased a 10 gallon conical from Tank Depot several months a go. I plan on using it for 7.5 gallon batches. The pot that I was using was a 40 qt pot and I just was not comfortable boiling that much wort in this pot. I bought a 50 qt pot from Instaware.com for $55.00 and then converted it to a electric kettle using the plans that I had developed. I then filled it with 10 gallons of tap water and was able to bring it to a boil in 45 minutes.

To say the least I am very happy with my new electric kettle. I will get back to you on my modifications of the 10 gallon conical.

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