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Hands On: 1000 Watt Heat Stick with Temp Trial

Here’s a hands on look Allied Precision’s 1000 Watt Bucket Heater


Font of the Box


Close up Front Left Side


Close up Front Right Side


The Heat Stick


In all, this is about 17″ Long


The shield portion of the heat stick is right around 8″  This is the portion you are supposed to keep submerged in water while the heat stick is plugged in.  The directions say that the unit cycles itself on and off, for safety, if the water level gets below 6″.  Otherwise, the unit is constantly on.


Close up on the handle end of the heat stick.


Top down view


Installed and working in my Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettle.  Getting ready to brew More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale.

Temperature Trial…


To test this out, I put 5 gallons of cold side tap water into a 6 gallon-ish kettle.


I used my ThermoWorks ChefAlarm Thermometer and Timer (First Looks Post) to track progress.  This thermometer tracks both min and max temps, has a built in timer and has an available waterproof probe.  I also used the alarm feature to let me alert me to notable progress points.  My tap water came in at 66.9 degrees F.


The probe wire going into the kettle


The water hit 80.9 deg F (+14 deg F) in right about 10 minutes.  Average increase: 1.4 deg F per Minute.


The water hit 100.5 deg F (+33.6 deg F) in 22 minutes.  Average increase: 1.53 deg F per Minute.


The water hit 160.5 deg F (+93.6 deg F) in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.  This is notable because, depending on your beer and mash profile, we’re getting close to strike water temperature.  Average increase: 1.33 deg F per Minute.


 The water hit 200.1 deg F (+130.2 deg F) in about 2 hours and 13 minutes.  Average increase: .98 deg F per Minute.

I use this to get a head start on my strike water and mash water.  I can have this setup and have someone else at home plug it in.  I recently brewed More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale.  This heat stick was plugged in about an hour and a half before I knew I would be home.  When I got home my strike water nearly ready to go.  I was mashing in within 10 minutes of arriving home.  That saves propane and it saves time.  After starting the mash I also use this to heat up sparge water.  Sixty minutes isn’t enough time to get there, but it gets me close and I can finish it off with my propane burner.  Similar advantages are available for extract batches.

This saves me time and propane.  It also helps me out in cold weather brewing, because I can leave my garage door closed longer.  Using this, I don’t need to fire up my propane burner until just before sparging.

Safety Caveats Apply:  This is an electrical device that’s being immersed in water.  It does have safety features (a guard and power cycling).  Always read and follow manufacturers instructions.

Allied Precision The Premier Line 742G Bucket Water Heater

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Recent Amazon Finds:

10% Off American Style Extract Kits at love2brew for Memorial Day

American Style Homebrew Recipe Kits

love2brew is discounting their entire lineup of American Style extract recipe kits for Memorial Day.  The lineup includes American Imperial IPA, American Wheat, California Common, American Brown Ale, West Coast IPA and Mocha Espresso Stout.

Coupon code MEM2015 takes 10% Off.  Shipping is free with a $75 order.  An additional discount is available to Veterans and Active Duty Military.

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Also from love2brew… East Coast Yeast – love2brew is one of the few shops that has access to ECY.

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Recent Great Deals:

25% off Malt Extract at Label Peelers

Bulk Malt Extract

Label Peelers has discounted malt extract (both Liquid/LME and Dry/DME) by a generous 25%.  No coupon code is required.  The discount should be reflected on each product page.  Includes small offerings all the way up to bulk 50 lb bags.  Malsters include Alexander’s, Briess and Muntons.  Varieties include Dark, Light, Amber, PIlsen, Wheat, Munich and more.

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Recent Great Deals:

24″ Stainless Whisk – for Extract and All Grain Brewers… $6.72

Winco Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

This looks similar to my 24″ Stainless Whisk.  That is a Top Find that I recommend for all but small batch only brewers.  Check out my Hands on Review.

Use this on brew day in your mash tun and brew kettle.  In the mash tun… this makes quick work of breaking up up doughballs.  In the brew kettle… Use to incorporate extract, stir the brew kettle or start a kettle whirlpool.

5/20/15 6:30 PM Central: This is selling for just $6.72.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Winco Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

Also ConsiderUpdate International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

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Recent Amazon Finds:

New Recipe Kits at RiteBrew – Citra Saison, Wry Smile IPA, Bourbon Vanilla Porter & More

BrewCraft USA Citra Saison

RiteBrew has picked up several new recipes kits from homebrewing legends Drew Beechum and Denny Conn (authors of Experimental Brewing: Made Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer).

They include…

851148 – Citra Saison – A unique combination with the pineapple and mango of the Citra hops playing with the yeast’s spiciness and wheat’s sweetness to make a Belgian Pineapple/Mango Upside Down Cake in a glass.

851166 – Classic Summer Saison – Drew Beechum’s recipe for the classical bone dry actual Saisons of Belgium, with just a little hint of spice to unexpectedly goose your senses.

851228 – Wry Smile IPA – The smoothness of the rye is a great compliment to the overload of Columbus hops.

851462 – Noti Brown Ale – The first beer Denny Conn won a first place ribbon for. It’s big, smooth, and hoppy taste is perfect for all seasons throughout the year.

851756 – Westcoastmalle – A West Coast take on a Westmalle beer with the perfect balance of hop flavor and bitterness that Denny likes in a beer.

851840 – Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter – A chocolatey porter with vanilla and bourbon that integrate into one flavor.

These kits are in addition to RiteBrew’s already great lineup of recipe kit offerings.  I’ve brewed Amarillo HopBurst and Oatmeal Stout (just $18.49) kits – they both make great beers!  Also Consider their Pliny Inspired Double IPA and Moose Drool Clone

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Recent RiteBrew Finds:

22″ Stainless Mash and Extract Whisk

Update International FW-22 Stainless Steel French Whip, 22-Inch

22″ Stainless Steel French Whip/Whisk by Update International.  Made of 18/8 Stainless.

Use this on brew day in your mash tun and brew kettle.  In the mash tun… this makes quick work of breaking up up doughballs.  In the brew kettle… Use to incorporate extract, stir the brew kettle or start a kettle whirlpool.

This is from the same line as the Top Find – 24″ whisk that I use.  Check out my Hands on Review.  This 22″ version is just 2″ shorter.

Update International FW-22 Stainless Steel French Whip, 22-Inch

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Recent Amazon Finds:

New: Life’s a Beach Session IPA – Extract and All Grain

Session IPA

New Life’s a Beach Session IPA from Great Fermentations

About Life’s a Beach “A wonderful session IPA from local brewer Mark Schiess, winner of our 2014 Session IPA contest. Life’s A Beach is a small session beer that drinks like a big IPA! Very smooth, the low ABV on this beer means that you can have several in a session without falling flat on your face. But that doesn’t mean it’s light on flavor! Crystal 20 malt provides residual sweetness and body on top of the base, with Maris Otter rounding out the malt character with a bit of breadiness. A melange of hops dominated by Amarillo give this beer its delicious hopiness! A perfect beer for the beach, or any occasion!”

The extract version features Crystal 20L, Maris Otter, Centennial, Amarillo and Simcoe.  The all grain version features Avangard Pilsner Malt, 2 Row, Crystal 20L, Maris Otter, Centennial, Amarillo and Simcoe.

Want to learn more about a Great Fermentations recipe kit?  Full recipes and instructions are available for most kits on the product documentation tab of each recipe.

Check it out – ExtractAll Grain

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