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Crusty

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After a bit of trial & error, I have decided to pull the pin on my gas brew rig & going over to electric. I see a few of the CraftBrewer ones being used & am after some opinions on how they go. I plan on one for my HLT, 50lt heated to strike in temp, 70deg, & two for the boil. Once at boiling, would one be sufficient to keep a good rolling boil in my 50lt keggle? I usually only do single, 25lt batches, 35l preboil. Any idea of times to boil or ramping HLT to strike in temps?

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After a bit of trial & error, I have decided to pull the pin on my gas brew rig & going over to electric. I see a few of the CraftBrewer ones being used & am after some opinions on how they go. I plan on one for my HLT, 50lt heated to strike in temp, 70deg, & two for the boil. Once at boiling, would one be sufficient to keep a good rolling boil in my 50lt keggle? I usually only do single, 25lt batches, 35l preboil. Any idea of times to boil or ramping HLT to strike in temps?

these

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For the ramp times check out my site qldkev.net under homebrew there is a calculator you can plug the numbers into and it will give you the time.
 

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crusty,

I have a skinny tall style keg for my HLT and I have a 20cm diameter hole cut in the top and it is fitted with a 2200w element out of a kettle, it takes about 45min to get 25l from 16 deg to 68 deg and maybe a bit faster with the lid on. I don't know how long it takes to the boil because i have never tried

cheers steve
 

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For the ramp times check out my site qldkev.net under homebrew there is a calculator you can plug the numbers into and it will give you the time.
Thanks mate,
Worked that one out.


crusty,

I have a skinny tall style keg for my HLT and I have a 20cm diameter hole cut in the top and it is fitted with a 2200w element out of a kettle, it takes about 45min to get 25l from 16 deg to 68 deg and maybe a bit faster with the lid on. I don't know how long it takes to the boil because i have never tried

cheers steve
Thanks Steve.
When getting the gear for my brew rig, I based everything on sanke kegs & when deciding on the taller, slimmer kegs, I feel I have mounted my burners a tad high. 90mm from the tips of my 23jet Mongolian's to the bottom of the keggles. I have a bit too much overthrow from the burners for my liking even when throttled back. My control box gets a bit warm with the current setup so not 100% happy with it. Too much friggin around to try to tame the flames as such so probably easier to mount a 2200watt element in the HLT & maybe just stick with gas for the boil. A little overthrow at that end is not important.
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crusty,i reckon your suggestion about going electric with the HLT,and keeping gas for your boiler is a smart way to go.
you are having "issues" with gas but have a gas fired setup,so it seems logical to me that you make use of the gas on the boiler, because you dont need to be so concerned with temp control on a boiler,a rolling boil is all that is needed (you know this anyway just threw it in ) .......cheers......spog.............
 

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Round & round we go.
I rang my electrician tonight & we have decided to take my control box off the mount which fortunately is bolted via a bracket to my stand & mount the control box on the wall. On brewday, simply wheel the brew stand to the control box & plug it all in when ready to go. The only small drama I was worried about is the MashMaster controller's temp probe was hard wired to my control box. The electrician is going to fit a male plug on the lead & I can simply connect / disconnect the lead from the control box when finished & wheel it away. The PID has a quick release mount so no problems there.
So the gas is back on. :kooi:
 

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