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Old 12-02-2007, 10:53 PM   #1
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Anybody have any experience with one of these things? It looks like it could be great for a HLT or at least some extract sessions this winter...or is everybody thinking this and this is why they are out of stock?

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Old 12-02-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:04 PM   #3
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I just realized this was covered before extensively. For future reference, is there a way to pull down a post?

 
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:05 PM   #4
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I have a Masterbuilt one that's no good. It's OK for heating strike water, but doesn't have enough power to bring even three gallons of wort to a strong boil (a gentle simmer at best).

Remember, it's easier to heat oil than water; these electric fryers seem to be designed accordingly.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:42 AM   #5
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I'd also be afraid of scorching the wort since the heating element is rather small.

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Old 02-01-2008, 08:54 PM   #6
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I have a Masterbuilt one that's no good. It's OK for heating strike water, but doesn't have enough power to bring even three gallons of wort to a strong boil (a gentle simmer at best).
How long would you say it takes to heat up 3-4 gal of strike water to say 175 or so?

 
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Old 02-02-2008, 04:14 AM   #7
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With the lid on mine will heat 3-5 gal. to strike / sparge temps in about an hour. They work great for an hlt if you sort of set and forget and do a few other things around the brewery / house. If you watch it they are painfully slow!!!

I use mine to heat water as well as a kettle supplemented w/ a heat stick. I think they are 1800 w +-, not real aggresive and not nearly enough for a full 6 gal. boil.

However, supplemented w/ an additional 2000w heattick, a kick a$$ little boiler. I paid $50 shipped and thats what it is worth. H. Depot clearanced these things out about a year ago for 30-40-50 bucks.

I think where these things would really shine is in making a low country boil....corn, chicken, sausage, new potatos, shrimp and some old bay, and dump on picnic table w/ some homebrews. Thats what I want to try w/ mine...but thats anotheer topic.
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