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Old 05-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #1
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Default 120 Volt Stovetop Steel 5 gal Electric Brew Kettle with a Bazooka for pellets

After spending days researching homebrewtalk trying to figure out how to put my stovetop brewkettle, being able to brew full 5 gallons on my stove top, this is what I came up with. Please feel free to ask any questions, as I'm sure I'll miss something.

Bought a 35 qt stainless steel pot at amazon (it is actually 32qt) http://www.amazon.com/Prime-Pacific-...5931300&sr=8-1

Drilled a hole in it on the side for the electric element with the step drill from Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece...lls-96275.html

Bought a 1700 Watt 120 volt LWD stailess steel element from Boston Heating supply: http://bostonheatingsupply.com/SP10868KL.aspx

Got a 1" locknut from bargainfittings.com http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=57

Also drilled a hole for my stainless steel ball valve. Used up the connection Kal uses for his HERMS coil on his website: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/ho...or-tank?page=6

Only I modified using a 2" nipple istead. The 1' wouldn't fit. It came out too short. http://morebeer.com/view_product/174..._2%22_Threaded

I followed Kal's instructions and bought all the o-rings and shims from mcmaster-carr. The parts he suggested, as well as the silicone ring he used up for insulating his electric element.

Bought a 25 ft stainless steel immersion chiller from Midwest Supplies: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/homeb...t-chiller.html

After spending quite some time trying to figure out how to strain hops, this is what I came with. Bought a 2 1/2x1/2 inch bushing on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GSKZIK/ref=biss_dp_t_asn

I bought a 12"x12" mesh sheet at mcmaster-carr: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/410/=hcqtay

And a clamp to tight it with around the bushing: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/277/=hcqu56

Also bought a spool of wire to saw the hop pellets bazooka at the other end: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/277/=hcqu56

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It is not perfect and there's still some hops that go through the bazooka but I use a hops bag after I chill the wort, on the way out from the kettle and before the carboy. This way everything I boil is stainless steel.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:00 AM   #2
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:06 AM   #3
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nice, i like the hybrid setup.

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How did the bazooka work out?

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Brewed 2 batches so far. An IPA with 4 oz pellets and 2oz whole hops. It worked well. Kinda got covered with the leaves and had to bug it with a spoon but it drained clean. The second one was an APA with 3 oz pellets only and I had some hops going through it, so I tight a hops bag at the end of the tube before the carboy for extra fine straining. For my next batch I'm buying a funnel that I can put on the carboy and place a hops bag over it.

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Bought a 35 qt stainless steel pot at amazon (it is actually 32qt) http://www.amazon.com/Prime-Pacific-...5931300&sr=8-1
Nice build....

The kettle is only 32 quarts?


I just bought the same kettle. I only brew 5.5g batches but I like the headroom. Do you think that kettle is big enough?

I might be cutting it close with a 90 min boil.
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Nice build....

The kettle is only 32 quarts?


I just bought the same kettle. I only brew 5.5g batches but I like the headroom. Do you think that kettle is big enough?

I might be cutting it close with a 90 min boil.
Well, it measured 32 qt when I did it some time ago. With the 90 min boil you'll have to consider your evaporation rate. Mine is 1.5 gal per hour. I also try to do 5.5 gal batches as they fit my 5 gal secondary carboy to the neck after primary fermentation. So that brings it to 7 gal initial volume for a 60 min session. It foamed a lot last time right before the boil and I had to unplug it and stir the foam back in for a minute, otherwise it would have overflowed. Honestly, if I have to do it over again, I'd spend the extra cash and get a 40qt pot. Or (not sure if it is a good idea) you can add 2-3qt of boiling water after 30 min of brewing. I've been thinking about it as well...
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I may just send it back and get the 40...thanks.

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Is the boil element only, or is it stove assisted? Also how long from mash temp to boil?
Looks great....its exactly what I want to do as my glass top stove wont boil more than 3 gallons

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