Thinking about electric, need advice. - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Thinking about electric, need advice.

Thread Tools
Old 09-17-2012, 03:55 AM   #1
Jun 2012
Posts: 17

It's about to get cold here before too long in middle America. I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for heating elements to add to HTL tanks and/or boil kettles. A stainless pot and converted keg. If possible I would like to not have to rewire any electrical outlets and stick to the 20a in the kitchen. I just do 5 gallon batches and if it takes a little longer to boil or reach strike temps that's fine if I don't have to do any electrical conversions ( in college and I rent). Am new to electric heating so I may need a description from bottoms up. I have the main idea behind electric conversion and I want to mount the on/off / thermostat on the side of the HTL/BK I really just don't know exactly what to purchase.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
BIAB Expert Tailor
wilserbrewer's Avatar
May 2007
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
Posts: 9,803
Liked 1520 Times on 1154 Posts

Most simple and basic method is to install a 2000w element
in an 8-10 gallon kettle and plug in directly to a 20a GFI outlet. This will be slow on its own, but can be put on a stovetop as well. Weldless fittings, locknut and gasket for the element available from "Bobby M" here

porcupine73 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
Dgonza9's Avatar
May 2010
Evanston, Illinois
Posts: 1,182
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts

You'll need a step bit or KO punch for the hole. 1.25" hole is needed. You'll also want to "pot" your element connections. Make sure the 20 amp outlet you use is a gfci.

2000W is about perfect for a 5-6 gallon boil.
On Tap: Belgian Barrel Aged Barleywine, Da Yooper's Oatmeal Stout, Breakfast Stout, Hop Your Face Off IIPA, Catcher in the Rye Saison, "Wino-head" Nelsin Sauvin Gumballhead.

Bourbon Barrel Duchesse De Bourgnone

Fermenting English Mild

on Deck: Lager?

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Forum Jump