From the HBD Archive
From: Martin A. Lodahl <pbmoss!mal@hplabs.HP.COM>
Subject: Kettles
Date: 1989-12-15 19:41:43 GMT

In HOMEBREW Digest #324, Chris Shenton asks:
" ... Are the electric mash tun's all their cracked up to
be? will someone explain why they justify spending $100 plus expenses to
install a 240V circuit?"

I've wondered this myself. I just don't find stove-top temperature
control to be that difficult. For the rests, I place my kettle in
an insulated box (made of environmentally-insensitive CFC-based
foam) I got from a friend in the restaurant supply business -- these
boxes are large, light, and well-insulated, and are customarily used
to ship frozen specialty poultry products. Every 30 minutes during
the rests I put the kettle back on the stove and boost it back to
optimum temperature, stirring constantly. Temperature drop is
usually about 2 to 3 degrees, which is not significant. I don't
plan to buy an electric kettle.

"Yeah, and I hear that you need at least an 8 gallon pot for
all-graining. Any suggestions? Are the enameled canning pots tolerable?
or highly inferior?"

You'll never hear me knocking enameled steel kettles. I use a 21-qt
for mashing and a 33-qt for boiling. We've had the mash kettle for
many years and it's had the enamel knocked off of a few spots, but
that's never caused me a problem. The boiler is rather new. They
heat well, are easy to clean, and are MUCH cheaper than stainless
kettles of equivalent size.
- Martin

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