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Old 10-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
Apr 2009
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Does anybody know where I can find an appropriate calculator to help me determine load capabilities of a heating element? I am trying to determine if it is possible to build a system that uses a RIMS tube to heat the strike and sparge water within a reasonable time frame.

I am thinking something my wife could start when she gets home from work and two or three hours later would have a specific volume up to temp. I know the math for btu's into water but I need to calculate watts into BTUs.

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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Try this calculator http://gnipsel.com/beer/software/cal...ctric-heat.xls

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Old 10-26-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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That's a great spreadsheet. Full of good info.

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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a good rule of tumb for doing things in your head is 1000w = 3400BTUs

and for those that dont know the BTU calculation its:
(weight of water, in pounds) x (end temp - start temp, in degrees F) = BTUs required
(#gallons) x (8.3) x (temperature change, in degrees F) = BTUs required

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Old 10-26-2012, 11:53 PM   #5
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1 kW = 3412 BTU per hour
1 kW hour = 3412 BTU

watts are a measure of power, BTU is a measure of energy.

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