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44413RE: [new_distillers] Electric heat source size

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  • Robert Hubble
    Nov 5, 2013
      If you're talking about a real-live rheostat, a simple variable resistor, and not some active component under another name, you'll have 2 issues. It has to have a wattage rating in the same order of magnitude as your element, and while operating in the middle power range it can generate as much heat as the element (which admittedly will be operating at about quarter-power in that situation).

      Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller

      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      From: last2blast@...
      Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:18:02 -0800
      Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Electric heat source size


      If I needed a controller, I would look at E-bay or Amazon for a Control Rheostat cost $25.  It would be a much less of a headache in the long run. 

      From: Zapata Vive <zapatavive@...>
      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, November 4, 2013 9:52 AM
      Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Electric heat source size

      I think the only electric source that makes sense once you step up to the keg is an immersion element. 
      If you want a source you can use with your current pot and the keg, look in that direction.  Keep in mind though that the element is the cheapest piece of that puzzle, costing only $7-20.  Getting one element to use for both pot and keg is fine, but a pain, once all the other things like wiring and control are taken care of, just get an appropriate element for each.

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