I'm looking to convert to electric. I currently brew 5 gallon batches. I would like to build an electric HLT/BK and use a cooler mash tun in between. I'm looking for the simplest setup, and was thinking of using an element plugged into a variable controller so that I could just install a 4500 or 5500 watt element and manually control the output. The cost difference between the high wattage and low wattage elements is a few dollars, so I would like to just go with a high wattage element to begin with in case I want to upgrade later. I would also like the flexibility of being able to plug into a dryer plug in case I move later.
Somebody was kind enough to point out this
, which seems perfect, but is awfully expensive.
I was also looking at these
, but they are 120V. There is one on ebay for 240V, but it is only rated to 8 amps.
1) Has anybody put something like this together, and how did it work?
2) Does anyone have suggestions on components, or how to build a box like that?
3) I don't see myself doing much more than 5 gallons in the future, should I just go with a 3000W element and just go with on/off?
Thanks a lot.