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Old 05-28-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default 120v 2000W Kettle?

So i have been thinking about converting one of my kettles to electric. I have seen a lot of pics of builds and some posts discussing it.

What i want to do is use a element that i can just plug into an outlet in my garage or kitchen. I DONT want to use the Stove or dryer outlet. I wana go basic and cheep as possible. If it takes over an hour to reach a boil im ok with that.
So is a 2000w @ 120v my option? I'll be honest i dont know much about electricity but i have learned some the past few days just researching this.

Is there a write up on a simple Electric kettle build?


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Old 05-28-2011, 10:28 AM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/200...ent-bk-226432/

Sure it can be done...you need a 20 amp 120v circuit, and a GFI is highly recomended. Could do a heatstick as well. Insulation (fancy foil wrap, or a towel or winter coat) will help, as will using a lid to approach boil.


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If you want truly simple, you could buy two of these (again, assuming you have an otherwise empty 20A circuit available):

http://www.amazon.com/Marshalltown-7...-Water-Heater/
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You could just modify your kettle for a 5500W water heater element so in the future when you go 240V you'll be set up.

Just hook up a 3 prong GFCI extension cord to it (P=V squared / R ) so you'll be at 1375W. That should be good for even a standard 15A outlet. If you wanna speed it up you could use it like that on your stove top or get a cheapo hot plate.

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If one were to go the 5500W element running on 120V 15A circuit, could you reach a boil with propane and maintain it with just the element? Same for mash temperature, but if it could hold a boil it could hold a mash (with PID).

Edit: I should mention I do 5 gal batches. Usually mash in with 7.5-8 gal water.
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If you want truly simple, you could buy two of these (again, assuming you have an otherwise empty 20A circuit available):

http://www.amazon.com/Marshalltown-7...-Water-Heater/
It can be done ..

I have 2 of these..I do not boil with them - it just isn't vigorous enough, difficult to regulate, and takes far too long

...I collect 10 G in a rubbermaid cooler HLT, set a timer to fire one of the heaters up to stay on for 3.5 hours (start at 3:30 AM) .. when I come down to basement in AM, strike water all set. Mash in, then add 4 gallons of water to HLT, add second heater, on diff GFI circuit, to the HLT..the mash out temp is 185 easily w/in an hour. Having a food-grade hose to fill the HLT is a big time saver and back saver.

Collected wort gets transported to porch for boil on propane cooker. (so I strain my back only once
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Default What wattage will it take to boil 7 gallons

I have been snooping on this site. I am interested in an electic pot to boil my wort. Just not sure what is required to get it going in a reasonable amount of time. I think I could do 240 but 120 would be easier. So will 1375 or 2000 watts boil a pot with 7 gallons? How long will it take if you start with the lid on?

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simple answer...1375w will be like watching grass grow...no boil. 2000w is possible and very likely, would help to insulate the pot w/ towels or an old winter coat...YMMV
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You could just modify your kettle for a 5500W water heater element so in the future when you go 240V you'll be set up.

Just hook up a 3 prong GFCI extension cord to it (P=V squared / R ) so you'll be at 1375W. That should be good for even a standard 15A outlet. If you wanna speed it up you could use it like that on your stove top or get a cheapo hot plate.
1375w will not boil any appreciable quantity IMO...2000w is the absolute minimum IMO
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If you have 2 - 120V independent outlets in your kitchen you could do this:
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