I've read a number of posts regarding installing an electric hot water heating element in a 15.5 gal keg and wondered what the pros and cons are of this route? I really like the idea of being able to run it in my basement since I have plenty of room, but I plan on running all grain washes and have also heard they can scorch on the element.
I'll be fermenting off the grain and will definitely rack everything, but would prefer to not have to filter everything before I put it in so would scorching be a likely problem? Also, as far as time would a 5500W element perform comparably to a gas burner as far as heat up time? Time isn't something I have a lot of these days so it's an important consideration. I guess I'm asking if I am sacrificing anything with this type of setup compared to gas heat?
I'm not really sure what the heating differences are between pot and reflux, but from what I have read a good setup would be to get a high density incoloy 5500W element since I have access to a 240V outlet. I found this post http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8410&hilit=no+weld
which explains installing the element, but haven't found anything on how you control the temp? Any links or advice on temp control would be appreciated.
If anyone has direct experience with both gas and a similar electric setup, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the two options.
Sorry if these have already been answered, but I appreciate your input.