Originally Posted by Gabrew
^^^ does make more sense...is there anyway to get this done without access to 220V?
How large are your target batch sizes?
Really, ideally, you would have a 240VAC outlet available. If you are looking at 10 gallon batches you want to have 4500W, this gets complicated if you are limited to a 120VAC circuit, you are looking at two to three elements on separate circuits...
There is no "simple" way to heat with electric though. You will need a large enough circuit (30-50A 240VAC). You will then need to route that to a box of some sort where you will have a couple SSRs, heatsinks and those will be controlled by a PWM or PID for the boil portion.
The creation of an electric supply for a kettle requires more doing than a simple gas burner, but in the end it is much more refined and precisely controlled, not to mention fast as all git out
I can build a box that houses all of the electrical controls for $200, then all you would have to do is plug that into a 240VAC outlet and plug the element into the box. Youd have to plug in two plugs, that is all.