Alright, I'm getting ready to start setting up my E-HERMS system. Currently I am using propane so slowly buying everything for the electric system. I currently have a 50amp breaker running to my garage for the brewing.
I have a question on PID's for the system. I know I will need to use one for the HLT to get everything up to temp and hold it, but my question is do you actually need a PID for the Boil kettle?
I have seen people talking about dumbing down the power (85% or 65%) on the PID to maintain rolling boil, but I'm wondering couldn't you just run the element full blast?
The only thing I can think of is it will have a higher boil off rate, but as long as you establish that before brewing the first time, then you should be able to get a correct preboil volume to compensate.
I currently do 5 gallon batches in a 15 gallon kettle so I have no worry of boilovers. Could anyone let me know what the disadvantages would be to having the boil kettle element run full blast for the Boil?
Thanks in advance.
Double Dog Brewing
Keg 1- Schitzngiggle Oktoberfest
Keg 2- Flat Tire Amber Ale
Keg 3- Twisted Pumpkin Ale
Keg 4- A Night in Vegas APA
Bottled- Summer Saison, Bohemian Dunkel, Second Shot Irish Ale, The Kraken Barleywine
On Deck- Schwarzbier, Snooty Fox Brown Ale, HOP-Head IPA