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Old 08-09-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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I've ran into an issue of wort scorching onto my elements in my ekettle (I run 2 x 2000w HWD 120v elements to boil 7 gallons). This is probably becuase I didn't really do a great job of cleaning my elements after each boil, I basically just rinsed them off. This scorching essentially ruined 3 batches of beer before I realized the elements had developed a cake of flaking black buildup.

I'm in the process of replaceing my elements with new ones, but I cant find 2000w 120v LWD or ULWD elements online or elsewhere. It seems only HWD elements are available in the 2000w 120v format.

I've read somewhere about running a 240v element with 120v. If i do that, can I use a 4500w (or 4000w) element at 120v to get the wattage down to 2000w and also get the benefit of ULWD/LWD?

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Old 08-09-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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I have run 2 elements at 2000w similar to you for several years. I have found that the cleaner you keep the elements, the less caking you will get. I would scrub your existing elements real well w/ a scrubbie or a stainless pot scrubber, they will com clean w/ a little effort.

Regaring running a 240v low density, your wattage will only be 25% at 120v, not enough IMO.

 
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:45 PM   #3
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I have scorched and popped 2k elements as well. I now use two 1500w ulwd elements. 3k watts is fine for 5 gal batches.

 
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:57 PM   #4
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My 2kW, 120V system is doing the exact same thing. I found this website (http://www.plumbingsupply.com/elements.html) that has a 1500W LWD, but I doubt it has the nut for anything more than 3gal.

My scorching issue has prompted me to go 220v. Its a shame too because my system ran good for several batches but then this.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:37 PM   #5
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Do a google on SP10868GL (click it) and then find a place based on price and shipping charges.

This is what you will get: //http://bostonheatingsupply.com/sp10868gl.aspx

Just to give you an idea. It's a 120V 2000W Stainless Steel Resistored LWD element.

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Old 08-09-2011, 11:47 PM   #6
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Do a google on SP10868GL (click it) and then find a place based on price and shipping charges.

This is what you will get: //http://bostonheatingsupply.com/sp10868gl.aspx

Just to give you an idea. It's a 120V 2000W Stainless Steel Resistored LWD element.

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Dang brother! My love of e-brewing was fading till you posted that link. Thanks a ton!

 
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:57 PM   #7
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You are more than welcome. I'm just glad I reviewed your thread. I first looked at a 2000W LWD element I have in my brew-parts Excel sheet and then I got hit by a brilliant light cause all I was seeing was a 240V unit. I almost posted the wrong one & then I looked at your post again.

I'm pleased that I could help. (I also added it to my Excel list.)

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I had no idea this existed, thanks for providing the link. Should someone give these a try, please report back.

 
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:31 AM   #9
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Thanks pj, didn't know that product existed either.

 
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They also have:
1400W 120V LWD (SP1086LH)
http://bostonheatingsupply.com/sp10868lh.aspx

And:
1700W 120V LWD (SP10868KL)
http://bostonheatingsupply.com/sp10868kl.aspx

 
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