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Old 07-24-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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I have a 4500 watt element wired up with a 3 way switch, so it is either 4500 watts at 220v or 1125 watts at 110v. Question is, is this a rigorous of enough boil on the lower setting?



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Old 07-24-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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IMHO I would think so, as long as you let it hot break to where it was fixing to over flow, then a boil like that is what I always try to acheive. It IS boiling.


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Its best to have it boil as vigorously as possible without boiling over.
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boy, I don't think so. It's boiling in the center in that it's more than a simmer, but the sides are so stable that I wouldn't consider that a "rolling boil" at all.

You don't need it to rock the whole stand, but you should definitely have more movement and get a hot break.
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I always use an outdoor propane burner BTW it work perfect for me
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I use the 4500w to bring the temp up to boil and it gets pretty vigorous. I use the 4500w for ten minutes during hop additions, otherwise its the lower setting. Its a converted keg so I don't have to worry about boil overs.

If I leave it on 4500w for the whole hour I get a little over 2 gallons boil off.
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I use the 4500w to bring the temp up to boil and it gets pretty vigorous. I use the 4500w for ten minutes during hop additions, otherwise its the lower setting. Its a converted keg so I don't have to worry about boil overs.

If I leave it on 4500w for the whole hour I get a little over 2 gallons boil off.
Honestly look into the PWM route. For around 40$ you can make that element do what ever you'd like.
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How long into the boil was that? Thats what mine looks like at first, but once all the foam on top settles it looks a big stronger. I'm worried mine isn't strong enough now
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This is toward the beginning of the boil , I had just flipped it down to to 1125 watts for the video so i could get everyone's opinions.

There is actually a lot of movement of the wort on the outer edges, but you can't really tell with that foam on the surface.
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I use propane and once I get my hot break I will back it off to a boil very similar, you don`t need a raging boil, just enough to move the wort around


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