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Old 12-02-2012, 02:27 AM   #11
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I used one of these for my first few extract brews. My only suggestions are to KEEP THE LID ON! If you dont, you will find that it will not hold a boil. I did 3gallon boils, and it struggled at times. I'd say it took about an hour or so to hit rolling boil, and if you dont keep the lid on it wouldnt really boil.

Let me know how BIAB works on it, i never tried it with mine. I've since switched to a keggle a coworker gave me with a 1500w and 2000w element in it. Works MUCH better IME but the induction hotplate works well for smaller batches. I'm keeping it around for small 1g for sure!

Nice find for 70 bucks btw!
Was it the same one at 1800w? It should be here next week and I'll report back on how much it can boil and how long it takes. Hoping it can handle about 4 gl. I also have seen some other Induction plates with a little more juice that run on 220/240V and I think are 3500w but they cost much more.



 
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:45 AM   #12
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Yes i have the 1800w pro version, the same one you linked in Amazon. I think it could do 4gallons, but keep the top on your kettle or you wont get there..



 
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:39 AM   #13
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I personally consider 2000w the minimum threshold for boiling 3+ gallons. Of course, with insulation, lid on until boil, you can get better. But it will be a challenge

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:26 PM   #14
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I've seen some people use that foil water heater type insulation wrapped around their kettles. I'll have to see how it goes but if I stick with extract I'll only be boiling 3-3.5gl for my 2.5gl batches. If I decide to go BIAB I figure I'll need to handle 4+ gl.

If I were still doing 5gl batches I'd be looking into a more powerfull 220v 3500w induction plate.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:37 PM   #15
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Yeah. You could also consider making a cheap heat stick. Probably would only cost you about 40 bucks with all the parts and you could probably get it for 30 or so if you look hard enough. Just something small, 1000-1500 watts would kick the induction up enough to very easily do 4+ boils.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #16
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I think I'm screwed? My basement breaker is 15 amp and I think 1800w may be too much for it with everything else that's running off it? I may have to look into a seperate 20a breaker for it?

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #17
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the burton should pull about 15a, A = W/V so A = 1800w/120v so just make sure you have nothing else pulling from that circuit and you may be fine..

Edit: Oh and it doesnt always pull 1800w, you can increase/decrease the wattage by the temp you set it on. If you dont put it on max, 10, you should be ok.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:24 PM   #18
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If you'd like i could go throw 4 gallons on mine and see if it will boil it..

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:40 PM   #19
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If you'd like i could go throw 4 gallons on mine and see if it will boil it..
That would be cool, thanks. I don't think I'll see mine til the end of the week

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:10 PM   #20
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Just put it on, water from tap comes out pretty hot (140) so we'll see. My kettle is not insulated, top is on.



 
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