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Old 07-09-2011, 02:14 PM   #11
Apr 2009
Athens GA
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Just to chime in, I have essentially modified my system to do about what you are talking about. I have two power inlets for my system right now, a 3-wire 240V and a 120V, and a 5500W lwd element in a RIMS tube. My idea was to use the rims as 240V after my water filer to preheat my mash and sparge water, then flip a switch to reduce the voltage to 120V reducing it to 1375W and use it as a normal rims. I also have a heatstick with a 5500W ULWD element, so I can brew full electric if I have access to 240V, or I can brew with the help of propane at 120V, using the rims element just to keep mash temps and pre-heat water a bit to save as much gas as possible (a $20 propane refill every 4 brew is what got me into E-brewing in the first place, those high pressure burners are monsters!). You can see the discussion on how best to wire the switch for changing the element from 240 to 120 here:


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