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Old 03-15-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
BrewinBigD
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I currently have a 3800W element in my 10G boilermaker but it takes forever to hit a boil. I do 8 gallon boils. Anyone think a 4500W element would be too extreme? Its one of those black foldback camco elements from home depot. Brewing tomorrow nd id like to change it out tonite if i have time!



 
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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I'd say not too extreme but do not know from personal experience. But if the 3800 isn't working fast enough a 4500 seems it will work better.



 
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
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Get a 5500w, they are the same price, and it will come to boil quicker.

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by onthekeg View Post
Get a 5500w, they are the same price, and it will come to boil quicker.
well i just happen to have a 4500 in my toolbox xo for the size of my system it should suffice.

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:07 AM   #5
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Ok I don't care!

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:27 AM   #6
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I was also kinda afraid to go too big in fear of scorching my wort, but i suppose if i were to compnsate for the bigger element by lowering the cycle time it might not heppen(?) I dunno.. im a tinkerin fool and ill get it righ sometime!



 
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