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Old 06-06-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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I would like to know if someone has used an induction cook-top for home brewing and what is their experience.

If I am right, in theory one would achieve better temperature control, especially when performing multiple infusions.

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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I don't know about better temperature control, but I don't see having great luck with a full boil on a stove top. I used to do it with two gas burners on my apartment stove but I had to have a heat stick to actually get a good boil.

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I would think the problem would be finding a pot big enough to boil in that works on inductions. This is assuming that I am remembering right and you need special cookware on them.

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Folks, I am not interested in boiling. I am more interested for mashing in order to stay away from a tun & adding boiling water for temp adjustment.

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The only requirement for induction stoves is that the pot is magnetic. Stainless steel is not necessarily magnetic however. We have several pots that were stainless but would not register on our induction hot plate.

I tried to brew on an induction hot plate one time which ended up taking about an hour to bring to strike temp. On a more powerful system it might work better but as much as I like induction it doesn't seem to work well for brewing.

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If I am right, in theory one would achieve better temperature control, especially when performing multiple infusions.
Might work if you're just worried about mash temp control. What's the reasoning behind this theory of yours?
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Ryush806,

The fact that the temperature increase in due to a magnetic field, this means that the cooktop would turn the pot into a virtual jacketed container.

As Einstein said: "Never lose a holy curiosity. "

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I use this and it works amazing for keeping temp. It took a few batches to get the hang of the temp control but its awesome. Takes 18 minutes for me to get to strike temp, slide it to an off burner, then stir in grains...let it sit for5-10 minutes, then slide it on to the warm burner but off. You might have to stir every once in a while to reduce the heat but it holds for an hour pretty steady for me. I also boil on it without much issue, and mine is quite old

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Calichusetts: how many Watts does your equipment use? 1300 or 1800?

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Calichusetts: how many Watts does your equipment use? 1300 or 1800?

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Here is the brand new version my model...its slightly different. Mine has a 9 inch on the front right, these have two 8 inch. They say the 8 inch is 2000 watts so I will guess mine is in the same range since its at least 4-5 years old:

http://www.homedepot.com/Appliances-...kuId=202603384

New ranges, even cheap ones can come with up to a 12 inch burner, I REALLY want one and will definitely work it into the remodel we plan for the kitchen...most 12 inch tops put out 3000 minimum. Most pots in the 5 gallon range are also around 12-14 inches so it will work perfect
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