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Old 01-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #11
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:44 PM   #12
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I use two 2000w heat sticks for 12.5 gallon boils. A single 2000w stick with a 20 amp gfci outlet should be fine for you.

I'd pass on infinite control switches. Not necessary for boiling or heating sparge water if you have a 1500w to 2000w element.

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Old 02-02-2011, 01:50 PM   #13
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What about this guy?

http://www.homebrewing.org/15-Electr...r-_p_1723.html

It's only 1800W but buy it and plug it in is about as simple as it gets.

$175.00 ???? Yikes!!! No thanks.............
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:02 PM   #14
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i brew in the basement with a range (similar to the one pictured above) and a 2000w 120v heat stick. I have a simple range hood vented to the outside and i do not have any trouble boiling or venting. works great; i use this set up year round.

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Old 02-04-2011, 02:35 PM   #15
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$175.00 ???? Yikes!!! No thanks.............
I've heard that these things underperform anyway.
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i brew in the basement with a range (similar to the one pictured above) and a 2000w 120v heat stick. I have a simple range hood vented to the outside and i do not have any trouble boiling or venting. works great; i use this set up year round.
This is a good way to go...are you able to remove the heatstick and use the range to maintain your boil? I guess you could also add the element through the kettle wall, as long as you keep the cord off the range. Then just unplug it once you get up to temp.
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If i pull the heat stick I get more a simmer than a boil. I find it is better to turn off the range and let the heat stick do the work once everything is up to temp.

It is also worth mentioning that I have a boilermaker - I find the flat shinny bottom does a much better job of conducting heat out of the range than my old pot. The old pot was not flat on the bottom so it did not conduct heat as well.

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Dude, you have a boilermaker but you want to use the stove ? How bout a temporary reflectix jacket? I bet that'd bring your simmer to the perfect boil.

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Dude, you have a boilermaker but you want to use the stove ? How bout a temporary reflectix jacket? I bet that'd bring your simmer to the perfect boil.
I like brewing in the basement with all my gear, my TV, music, keezer and dart board. It is a brewing/entertaining cave. I could insulate it... Never really thought about it.
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That's why I said "temporary"....if the jacket stays on, you might as well get a cheap aluminum pot. If you get a $30 roll of reflectix with velcro straps, you're golden.

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