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Old 06-01-2012, 03:03 AM   #11
Apr 2011
Chicago, IL
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Originally Posted by Bock View Post
It is not realy an issue to plug them in separate circuit. The breaker pannel is about 5' from where i plan to brew. I will be able to make a circuit only the eKeggle.

With 2x 2000w heater can i plug them direct without controller? Like run the 2 element until boil and unplug one element to keep a smooth boil? Without controller and with 120v heater i will be able to make something really low-budget!

What do you think?
I'd have concerns about whether you would keep a smooth boil of 6+ gallons (your pre-boil volume) with only a single 2000W element. If you want a simpler/cheaper method than the PID, look into a PWM. There's a nice thread here.

As far as the GFCI, lots of people use 50 amp "spa panels" that you can get for around $50. Cheaper than buying the breaker alone. Actually if you are looking into an electric setup you should check the "electric brewing" section of this forum, tons of great info.

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Old 06-02-2012, 12:36 AM   #12
Dec 2006
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You need about 2400 watts per hour to boil off one gallon per hour. There are on line calculators that will help determine what size elements you need. I would suggest you get the spa panel type of breaker as mentioned above, and look into PMW control. I use that on my eKeggle with great success, instant response to a boil over threat, and easy to set the rate of heating or boiling.

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