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12 years 1 month ago #7

I have a 2 element boiler, both at 2.7k. I used the same socket and blew it.
Use diferent sockets for sure.
On another note, using 2 elements to boil causes a lot of evaporation, up to 30% i found. Better to use both to get to cold break, and then knock one off.

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12 years 1 month ago #8

Just used my Double Element boiler for its first full brew. I was great! Up to a nice rolling boil in 25 minutes. I was then able to drop the original element down to 50% with the control to maintain a nice boil.

I had no problems with using the same double socket.

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12 years 1 month ago #9

A double socket should be fine. Most domestic sockets are all on the same circuit in each floor anyway.

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12 years 1 month ago #10

Nice work freedgull <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

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12 years 1 month ago #11

Great article and I love the title. Fitting a second element is something that has crossed my mind more than once.

I do find that my 2.4Kw element takes a bit of time to get going, but does the job once the wort is up to boiling, so it's just one of those things that I've put on the long finger.

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12 years 1 month ago #12

Looks like a nice job freedgull, but out of habit from my daytime role as a electrical engineer type, I saw bits of possibly energized metal on the exterior of that element you swiped from the kettle. You might want to cover those metal bits in some RTV waterproofing compound both to protect you from inadvertent contact and the element from potential boilover or spillage.

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