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Old 12-26-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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I am looking at building a Electric All Grain Setup with an Electric HLT at the moment. I am thinking about going the route of using 120V elements as compared to the 240V elements.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what 120V elements to use?

This one is a Camaco 1500W Ultra Low Watt Density
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-02853-He...heater+element

Or should I go with a Higher Wattage saw 2000W
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-02203-20...heater+element

Now when building this I am considering using 2 120V elements as I can have two outlets on different breakers available.

Also anyone have first hand experience of the time it would take for 120V elements to heat up a HLT. I would only be heating say 5 to 10 gallons at a time.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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I use 2, 120 volt 1,500 watt heaters. I think it takes 35-45 minutes to heat up about 8 gallons of water from 65 to 160 or so. About the same to get it boiling. I think the Camco element is fairly typical. I got my elements from http://www.plumbingsupply.com/elements.html
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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If you have 20 amp circuits, I would go w/ the 2000w elements for faster heating. 3000 - 4000w total will give you decent heating times for 5-10 gallon batches, on par w/ propane I'd guess. I do 1/4 keg 7.75 gallon batches with 2 at 2000w, 4000w total and it is reasonably quick.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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Well that sounds good and probably what I'll go with.

Do you have any issue with the 2000W elements and scorching the wort?

Do you use them for just for your Hot Liquor Tank or for Boiling Wort too?

Also those elements are safe to use for potable water, I know its a silly question but rather ask then be sorry. Since they are for water heaters I am assuming that they wont be an issue.

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If you have 20 amp circuits, I would go w/ the 2000w elements for faster heating. 3000 - 4000w total will give you decent heating times for 5-10 gallon batches, on par w/ propane I'd guess. I do 1/4 keg 7.75 gallon batches with 2 at 2000w, 4000w total and it is reasonably quick.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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Awesome that sounds perfect. I'm going to use two of the 2000W elements that I posted. Thanks for the feedback.

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I use 2, 120 volt 1,500 watt heaters. I think it takes 35-45 minutes to heat up about 8 gallons of water from 65 to 160 or so. About the same to get it boiling. I think the Camco element is fairly typical. I got my elements from http://www.plumbingsupply.com/elements.html
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I use a single 2000w element from Lowes in my HLT. Takes about 45 minutes to heat up 6-7 gal sparge water. Just enough time to fill up and flip on just after I mash in.
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Do you have any issue with the 2000W elements and scorching the wort?

Do you use them for just for your Hot Liquor Tank or for Boiling Wort too?
Only had scorching once, and it was my fault and really bad, I had to dump 15 gallons! The reason is that I paused my brew session to run some errands, the trub all settled and scorched on the elements, during a normal brew session, or if I had merely stirred and resuspended the trub I would not have had a problem. Also, clean the elements well after each session, a build up can also possibly promote scorching ...overall I am very satisfied w/ 2000w 120v high density elements.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:11 PM   #8
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Awesome. Double 2000W element build it is. Thanks for the feedback guys.
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