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Old 04-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #11
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My brew pot will not fit on stove top, I am thinking of the DIY controller, I guess without the control there is a risk of scorching the wort?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:12 AM   #12
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The risk is more so overly-agressive boils. If you use a ULWD element, I wouldn't be too concerned about scorching the wort, but you don't need to run your element at 100% full power to maintain boil - you'll end up with excessive boiloff and screwed up hop utilization. The ability to dial down the element to maintain a boil is the advantage.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:27 PM   #13
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My brew pot will not fit on stove top, I am thinking of the DIY controller, I guess without the control there is a risk of scorching the wort?
www.stilldragon.com has a kit if you don't mind building your own.

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #14
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www.stilldragon.com has a kit if you don't mind building your own.
This is what I am thinking of doing, but will order the potentiometer/SSR off eBay and install a 240v switch for on/off as well. Seems cheap, easy, and just as effective as turning up and down the flame on my propane burner.

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #15
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Before the modifications, you might consider upgrading your kettle.
The Winware 10 gal AL kettle is <$40 shipped from amazon. AL is easy to modify for the ball valve, element, etc.

I use the phase angle SSR and it works well for boil control. My 4500W element is at 60-70% power for a rolling boil w/ 6+ gallons.

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:02 AM   #16
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Thanks for the replies guys, I think im going to get the DIY kit, Where is the best place to get the element?

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:39 AM   #17
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Thanks for the replies guys, I think im going to get the DIY kit, Where is the best place to get the element?
You can get the LWD version at from your local Home Depot or the ULWD version from Amazon.com.

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:32 AM   #18
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I got mine on Amazon but the local Ace hardware shop had them too.

http://amzn.to/10SOxSN

 
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:18 PM   #19
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Now thinking of two 1500w elements and building a simple power box with GFI outlets, keep it cheap and simple to start with then I can add on to the system in the future.
These are the elements in thinking of:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-02143-Sc...+Camco+element
Will I get a good boil with 6 gallons of wort using two of these?

 
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:19 PM   #20
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That the brand I used from Home Depot. Price was very similar too. People typically worry about the watt density but my standard hot water heaters get black but have never given me any taste issues. I make light pales in both extract and AG so I think I would have noticed. I used two 2200 watt elements but if I redid this I would probably step down to your 1500s or so. I run 120 so it was a but more work with breaker sizing and wire/ extension cord sizing. Hard to buy extension cords in that gauge so they do get warm.
Not sure where you are at but you could always run cords tight out your dryer vent and brew outside. Mu setup has a window and vent in the basement or else the wife would kill me because of the smell.

 
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