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Old 01-02-2006, 09:54 PM   #1
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I seen a personal homebrew site where a guy converted a keg into a electric kettle using a water heater element. Has anybody ever tried this? It seems like it would be a good idea except for the fact of if you start having a boil over the element isnt going to lose heat instantly like a gas flame will. Also does anybody know how many watts is required per gallon of wort? Thanks.

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This is a rough figure, but at 15 amps you will get approximately 6,000 BTU at 115 VAC. To do a good job, I think something like 30 amps at 240 will give you about 24,000 BTU. A gas flame runs away for putting out the BTU's, many 150,000 or better. I get 5 gallons to boil in about 20 minutes using propane gas, but there are quicker burners. I'm guessing your looking at a good 45 to 60 minutes getting 5 gallons to boil with electric, that with a lid on to retain the heat.
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