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Old 12-10-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
Aug 2008
Rockford, IL
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I'm a renter for at least the next 6 months. I only have access to 120v outlets. I have almost acquired everything I need to go electric. Do I...

1) Install (2) 120v elements in my BK and HLT so I can brew immediately?

2) Buy (1) 240v element and wait to have access to more power?


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Old 12-10-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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College Station, Tx
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What I was planning on doing in mine since I want it to be mobile so I can brew anywhere. I plan on setting up my box to run both. I am going to install 240 elements and then make two 120 heatsticks How to Build an Electric Homebrewing Heatstick Audio Tutorial Podcast and Step by Step Photo Instructions That way I can run 240 where it is available but still do 120 if I bring it over to a friends

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Old 12-10-2011, 05:23 PM   #3
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No electric dryer in the rental?

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Old 12-10-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
Aug 2008
Rockford, IL
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electric dryer in the rental but it's tucked away in a corner that's barely large enough to fit it with a door in front. I would need at least a 10ft extension cord to barely make it out the back door to the rig

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Old 12-10-2011, 06:24 PM   #5
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2 120v elements. I did that. Just a little more work to wire up, and a few more cables running across the floor, but overall really easy. Heats great and you can brew right away. Plus it's easier to brew at other people's houses if you want.

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Old 12-10-2011, 06:25 PM   #6
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Do what I'm going to do: mount two 2kW 120v elements in your BK and one 120v in your HLT (1.5kW or 2 kW).

A few things

1. make sure you use GFCI outlets
2. put the elements into different outlets so you don't exceed the current (amps)
3. check this site for other safety concers and check with an electrician if you're not sure how to proceed with the outlets

I got my insulated and covered HLT to 150F with a 1.5kW element within 30 minutes so that's why I mentioned that size of an element.

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Swan Lane Brewery

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Old 12-13-2011, 10:00 PM   #7
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I would make that 10 foot extension cord and use a 240V element.


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