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Old 10-21-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Heatstick = awesome!

I am moving into the world of full boils and AG brewing. Was thinking about going with a typical turkey fryer type set up. Instead I built a heatstick and simply use it to boost the btu of my gas range. Now I can boil 7+ gal no problem and it only cost me a 40 dollar investment. So happy with this that I am writing off gas burner for ever.

Pics to follow but it looks identical to the ceedarcreek heatstick build. I am a total electric brewing convert.

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Old 10-21-2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:44 PM   #3
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How to Build an Electric Homebrewing Heatstick.
http://www.cedarcreeknetworks.com/heatstick.htm

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Yea me too, love the sticks. I own a nice propane burner but don't even bother with it. I use two @ 2000watts in my basement. I boil 9 gallons no problem.

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Old 10-22-2009, 01:29 AM   #5
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was it difficult to build?

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Old 10-22-2009, 03:18 AM   #6
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Yea me too, love the sticks. I own a nice propane burner but don't even bother with it. I use two @ 2000watts in my basement. I boil 9 gallons no problem.
This must be in an insulated boil pot or keggle with your 4KW of heating or 13,657 BTU of heat energy applied to your 9 gallons. How many degrees a minute increase did you record? My plan is to boil 18-19 1/2 gallons with 11KW (240 volt) or 37,558 BTU of heat energy in a insulated boil keggle. This allowing 15 gallons net for my corny's with one brewing session.
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was it difficult to build?
Quite the contrary. It was easy and after I got home from home depot I was done with it in about an hour or so.

Sorry no pics yet but it really does look exactly like the one in the link above.
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How many degrees a minute increase did you record?
Sorry Beemer, I don't keep detailed records, I brew for fun. My 4000w will bring 9 gal post sparge to a boil in 20-30 minutes or so. I used to wrap the kettle w/ a blanket, but lately I don't bother. I think the heat lost through steam is far greater than the uninsulated kettle. I would think 11kw will boil 18-19 easily???
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I went with a right angle heat stick and it was a good investment. It got me OUT of the kitchen permantly.

I used to heat mash and sparge water on several pots on our ceramic electric stove... way inefficeint and took a long time.

I use the heatstick to bring my mash water up to temp and while mashing heat the sparge water.

After that it helps bring the wort to a boil real quick to suplement my propane burner.

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I went with a right angle heat stick and it was a good investment. It got me OUT of the kitchen permantly.

I used to heat mash and sparge water on several pots on our ceramic electric stove... way inefficeint and took a long time.

I use the heatstick to bring my mash water up to temp and while mashing heat the sparge water.

After that it helps bring the wort to a boil real quick to suplement my propane burner.

looks pretty simple, which plans did you use for this?
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