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Old 10-28-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Built two of these with 1500 watt 120v elements. Will be testing for water proofness tonight. Hopefully will brew with them tomorrow night. Drew inspiration from the various online sources as far as directions go.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:13 AM   #2
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Watertight and got up to mash in temps as quickly as my propane does.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:20 AM   #3
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In case anyone is wondering about doing the same thing, it does take both going to keep a good rolling boil on a full boil 5 gallon batch (7 gallons). It was a little slower than propane getting from mash out temps up to boil, but it was only about another 10 minutes.
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Awesome. I just built a 1500W heat stick yesterday and I'm hoping to brew with it tomorrow with my gas stove. I might have to look into building a second one before my next brew day.
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You will be fine on the stove for sure. If you build two you'll be gas free.

Edit: once you do go gas free, I would recommend insulating the boil kettle. That seems to be key for getting up to temps quicker. I need to do this myself.
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Awesome. I just built a 1500W heat stick yesterday and I'm hoping to brew with it tomorrow with my gas stove. I might have to look into building a second one before my next brew day.
I use a 1500W stick with my stove, works great.
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Are you guys using 120v or 240v? I'm guessing 120v.
1500 watts / 120v is 12.5 amps. Most standard circuits in any string (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) usually have a 15 amp breaker and I would be concerned about using 2 heat sticks from the same circuit.
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Yeah it is 120v, but I am brewing in my garage on two separate 15 amp circuits. There's no way two of these would work on one 15 or 20 amp circuit.
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Electric brewing for the win ! Much cheaper than propane and you dont have to worry if you've got enough gas for brewing
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You could run one on each circuit.
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