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Old 10-22-2008, 07:19 AM   #1
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Ok so I searched for things like this before posting, but didn't really find all that much. I live in an apartment and cannot do any sort of turkey frying action(which I would loooove to). I would like to try to do AG brewing, but the big thing holding me back is the fact that I dont think my stove could handle a 5 gallon boil. (it had lots trouble with a 2ish gallon boil with the lid off). I am contemplating having my dad whip up a heatstick for me to use, but would feel alot safer using a store-bought bucket heating to get the 5 gallons going. Some of the posts I searched for in regards to bucket heaters at 1000w say it is useless and cant get anything to boil, while others recomend using 2 simultaneously. My question is, if I turn my stove to high, and use a bucket heater, do you think I could get my water to a full 5 gallon boil? Would that even be safe to have both working at once? I dont want to get all the stuff and get all my AG hopes up and have them crushed when I cant even achieve a boil. Also, I would be fine buying 2 bucket heaters and using them in conjunction to my stove if that is what must be done, I just want to play with the grains.

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Old 10-22-2008, 10:22 AM   #2
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There's almost no info anywhere on heatsticks, I keep looking...I'm in the same boat as you living in a loft, although I bought a turkey fryer on closeout figuring I can use it a friend's places and at events like teach a neighbor to homebrew on Nov 1

But here's some info on heatsticks


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/heat-sticks-9919/

Heatstick (this is an outside site)

another option for full volume boils is this....http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/impr...tovetop-53683/

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I built mine following this guy's lead:

Cedar Creek Brewing Company - Homebrewing Electric Heatstick

I used JB weld to attach the heating element to the drain pipe cap, used liquid electrical tape to seal every connection in case of a leak, and then sealed everything up well with silicone. It's about time to peel off the silicone and re-apply it after using it for about 10 batches.

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I built mine following this guy's lead:

Cedar Creek Brewing Company - Homebrewing Electric Heatstick

I used JB weld to attach the heating element to the drain pipe cap, used liquid electrical tape to seal every connection in case of a leak, and then sealed everything up well with silicone. It's about time to peel off the silicone and re-apply it after using it for about 10 batches.

Ur post is teh sux witout pictoors....

I'm curious about these things, we were talking about them at my lhbs saturday....but I'm a little scared of them...I'd like to see what you got.
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