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Old 12-27-2011, 02:31 AM   #1
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I have a 7.75 gallons keg that I am going turn into a ekeggle and I was wondering what size element to use. It would have to be 120v as don't have 220v in the garage. Do I need to go with two elements? Thanks for the help.


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Old 12-27-2011, 02:42 AM   #2
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There's a lot of testings on the forum here, but I think the general consensus is 2000W can only boil about 6gallons. So yeah, you might want to go with two elements.


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Old 12-27-2011, 02:45 AM   #3
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Make sure you got 2 seperate 20A circuits in the garage for two 2000W elements. you cant run more than one per circuit.
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:51 AM   #4
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Do you mean two separate outlets or two separate circuits in the breaker box?
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two seperate circuits in the breaker box, a 2000W element will pull like 17 amps so you need two diffrent circuits or you'll trip the breakers.
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I will check the box in the morning. I am pretty sure that I have two 20 amps curcuits in the box already. Thanks for the info.
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I do have two 20 amp circuits in the box so I am good to go.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:13 PM   #8
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I am using (2) 1,650 watt elements so that I could use existing circuits that have fans & lights on them.

See my sig for the build.

Edit, I boil off 1 gallon per hour at 3,300 watts.
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Is your breaker box in the garage? If so it would be very easy to add a 220 outlet. Otherwise you will want two separate 110 gfci circuits and two elements as stated before.
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My breaker box is not in the garage. I only wish. I will look at your setup Disintegr8or.


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