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Old 01-04-2009, 01:57 AM   #11
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:04 AM   #12
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*wonders if he should point out the search feature to Revvy*

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I tried, but I can't recall the word title in the thread...I did a post seacrh for urns and didn't find it....she used a brand name for the urns and I think i called them by the same name...but for crikey sake I can't recall...it was a thread about demoing brewing at adult community and senior centers
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:19 AM   #13
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eh i found it but since i'm only gonna use the thing for a hlt not to worried bout it

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Old 01-04-2009, 05:33 PM   #14
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this worked pretty good. easier to fill up the night before and turn it on when u get up rather than wait for yourself to wake up then measure and fill a pot on stove. the capacity is good but i would like a little more room in there say a 100cups or so would be perfect for a 5g batch with a little left over for flushing and such.

I will continue using this for brewing

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Old 01-11-2009, 01:06 PM   #15
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Well, I gave up on trying to find big, cheap, used urn.
The restaurant supply store had a 101 cup by RegalWare for $109 + tax.
I ran a test with the basket in to see what temps would result.
It heated 4 gallons from 60F to 212F in 76 minutes.
Steady 2F per minute up until 180F.
Then 4 min to 200F
5 more min to 210F then 5 more min to 212F and 5 min at 212F before it switched over to the warming element.
The temp dropped to 200F in the first 15 min,
then lost 2F per 15 min after that.

It definitely heats faster than my electric range.
But the basket makes to much racket to use when I'm sleeping.
I'm going to run another test without the basket.

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Old 01-13-2009, 04:49 PM   #16
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i found mine heated a little slower without the basket but was infinitely quieter. took around 75-80 min till switch off at 205 but i dont need that hot so it makes it in about 55-60 min till strike temps. next brew i'm gonna use an outlet timer on it to start about 1/2 hr before i get up in the morning.

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:03 AM   #17
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I brewed a batch of APB today.
The coffee urn did a good job of heating 3 gal strike water from 120 to 170 in 20 minutes.
Heated half the sparge in the urn and half on the stovetop.
The urn was ready way ahead of the stove.

Another thing I noticed:
The temp in the coffee urn doesn't keep rising after I turn it off.
On the stovetop I have to turn off 2-3F before or move it away.

So far I'm happy to shave off a few minutes from the brew session.
But it doesn't really maintain any ideal temperatures.
It might be possible to "hack" it and adjust the set points,
but I think I'll look into a Love/Ranco/PID.

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