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Old 09-13-2009, 01:39 AM   #21
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Awesome post! A few questions:

1.) could you have used a dryer cord, larger GFCI breaker and bigger element? or were you limited by the Simmerstat current handling ability?

2.) Would an old stove burner controller work for this? I do not leave my brewpot unattended so I could adjust the knob as required.

3.) In the schematic for the simmerstat connections the outlet connections are labeled ground, hot and neutral. In a 3-prong 220VAC configuration, they are actually ground, 110 hot and 110 hot right?


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Old 09-15-2009, 04:22 PM   #22
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1.) could you have used a dryer cord, larger GFCI breaker and bigger element? or were you limited by the Simmerstat current handling ability?

The Simmerstat is rated at 15 Amps. With my limited amount of electrical background I would say you couldn't go any higher then what I have listed.

2.) Would an old stove burner controller work for this? I do not leave my brewpot unattended so I could adjust the knob as required.

I don't have any knowledge if this would work or not. The Simmerstat is so easy to hook up and use that I don't know if you would want to hassle with an unknown quantity. That being said when I started this build I had a lot of unknowns. I didn't know if what I was trying would work. In the end it did. My suggestion to you is give it a try. Try hooking everything up using a 110 volt to test it. If it work then flip to 220 volt.

3.) In the schematic for the simmerstat connections the outlet connections are labeled ground, hot and neutral. In a 3-prong 220VAC configuration, they are actually ground, 110 hot and 110 hot right?

I believe you are correct. Again I know enough about electricity to get me killed.

Good luck with your build. I just completed my 5th Kettle for a friend I got interested in Brewing. I used the 30 qt pot and tried it out Saturday. It brought 5 gallons of water to a boil in 40 minutes.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:13 PM   #23
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Just thought I would bump this to the head of the list because of all the interest in building a Electric Kettle.

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Old 02-14-2010, 09:24 PM   #24
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I have a 30lt electric kettle with a 1800 Watt element (not of an immersion type as it is built in under the kettle). Since the price that the manufacturer is giving me for substituting the 1800 with a 2000 Watt element (so that i will gain only 200 watts) is practically identical, do you think it will be safe to use this separate immersion element in conjunction with the original element in order to have 1800+2000= 3800watts?? Thanks a lot.
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:08 PM   #25
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This is quite intriguing.

Are there any issues with the heating element coming in direct contact with the wort?
Scorching? Excess carmelization?


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