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Old 11-09-2008, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Anyone brew with electricity?

I've heard of people using some sort of electric heater that gets immersed in the wort to boil it, and heat water. Anyone know more about those? Where to find them? How efficient they are in comparison to propane?


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Old 11-09-2008, 05:25 PM   #2
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There's been some discussions about it over the last couple weeks...search for "Heatstick" and you'll even find the link to the plans to build your own...


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Old 11-09-2008, 06:08 PM   #3
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I have an electric HERMS, look in my gallery and my topics posted. I boil with gas, just to avoid carmelizing sugars.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:54 PM   #4
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An immersed electric heating element is extremely "efficient". That is all the electric energy is transmitted to the liquid, unlike an electric stove, so 2kW really is 2kW,....

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Old 11-10-2008, 11:27 PM   #5
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I used the plans here: How to Build an Electric Homebrewing Heatstick Audio Tutorial Podcast and Step by Step Photo Instructions but there are a few dozen other option linked around the forum.

No complaints. It lets me do all-grain indoors which wouldn't be possible otherwise.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:39 PM   #6
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Do you use two wands as that does? Just one? Sorry, I am planning on doing this and am thinking best/most efficient way to. Thanks!
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Do you use two wands as that does? Just one? Sorry, I am planning on doing this and am thinking best/most efficient way to. Thanks!
Any objection to using a water heater element?
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:57 AM   #8
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Two sticks is ideal to save time while heating but one will do if you are patient. NEVER plug a stick in dry. I accidentally popped one of my two yesterday while brewing. One 2000 W stick boiled 9 gal. Wrap a towel or blanket around the kettle to reduce heat loss. OH, i had to cover the kettle to reach boil and then needed to partially cover to maintain boil. DMS ? hope not?
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I'm going to have to come back to this. How much are we looking at to build one of those?
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:14 AM   #10
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I'm going to have to come back to this. How much are we looking at to build one of those?
I am guessing on most of it, but I would say about $20. The elements are about $7 online, but I don't know what the shipping would be.

You can get everything at a Lowe's or Home Depot.


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