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Old 07-15-2013, 01:44 AM   #11
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I have used both a 5500w element at 120v and a 2000w element. In my opinion the reduced time to boil wort is worth the cost of a new element once you can move to 240v. I just switched all my equipment back to the 2000w elements from 5500w elements until I can get a better brewing area setup.


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Old 07-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #12
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IME a 2000w element will hold a boil for 5 gallon batches FWIW.
I will second that, If you don't mind waiting a little bit a single 2000W element is all you need for a 5 gallon batch. so long as you don't have a gigantic kettle with lots surface area to loose heat, it helps to insulate as well.

I have biab set up with one 2000 W element in a 11 gallon pot and it takes about 35 min to go from mash out to boil on 6.5 gallons if i put the lid on and wrap the kettle in a blanket.

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Old 07-23-2013, 06:13 PM   #13
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I will second that, If you don't mind waiting a little bit a single 2000W element is all you need for a 5 gallon batch. so long as you don't have a gigantic kettle with lots surface area to loose heat, it helps to insulate as well.

I have biab set up with one 2000 W element in a 11 gallon pot and it takes about 35 min to go from mash out to boil on 6.5 gallons if i put the lid on and wrap the kettle in a blanket.

-chickens
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I run a 2000w 120v element and have no problem with boils. I do want to move to full boils "5.5gal" and feel it would do it no problem if insulated. Here is the element i use.

http://bostonheatingsupply.com/SP10868GL.aspx
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:45 AM   #14
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I run a 2000w 120v element and have no problem with boils. I do want to move to full boils "5.5gal" and feel it would do it no problem if insulated. Here is the element i use.

http://bostonheatingsupply.com/SP10868GL.aspx
That is the same one I use. My single 2000 w element boiled 7 gal no problem this weekend. So that is a legitimate option for sure. Slower than running 2 elements at 120 or a 240 set up but also cheaper and more portable.
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