Originally Posted by bthorn9435
I would like to know if there is a simple way to build a
boil kettle utilizing hot water heater elements / 120V that I can
temp control for my brewing needs. I don't want to have to switch
the element on and off to control boiling I would prefer to be able
to temp control it without over complicating the process. I recently
switch to allgrain and the split boil is ok but it add a lot of work to brew
day. Can any kettle be converted for this use, I have a cheap starter
brew kettle at the present time. If I proceed down this path should I upgrade
or would a smaller Keg work better. All I am concerned about are 5 gallon batches. Given my situation I will not be moving to 10 gallon for a while.
This is a question that I posed to myself and spent quite a bit of time contemplating. The following may not be the road you end up taking but it is how I have decided to proceed:
I decided to upgrade my basic stove-top, all-grain process to be capable of performing full boil volumes. After looking into how I might accomplish this (as I am currently in an apartment) I decided to build an electric brew kettle. As I do not wish to build something that I will end up having to completely upgrade later I have decided to build this
, one kettle at a time. I will not build the MLT or the HLT until I have the space to put such a system together properly. However, building the BK now will give me a start on the system and provide the boil capacity I currently desire for my 5.5 gallon stove-top batches.
You may ultimately wish to go with a smaller 120v system but as you probably have 240v access (which your stove is likely connected to) you do have the option. I should also point out that going this route is not really a "simple" (or inexpensive) way of accomplishing your goal. I just thought I would share how I have decided to proceed within a similar environment.
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