A Look At: Anova Touch Screen Heat Stick and Circulator
Here’s a look at Anova’s Precision Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. This Anova Precision Immersion Circulator is 1,000 Watts, heats 4 to 6 gallons of water to 99 deg C (nearly boiling), mounts to the side of your kettle with a built in clamp, has a touch screen control for both temp and time (either F or C) and has a built in recirculating pump for keep consistent temps. Everything that goes into the water is stainless steel, and it can be disassembled for cleaning.
Brewing uses could include: getting and keeping strike water at temp, direct use (with a filter bag in a mash tun or BIAB mash), maintaining temperature for sour mashes and getting to a boil more quickly (or helping to maintain a boil) for both all grain and extract batches.
- 360 degree directional pump for maximum circulation
- Touch screen display with °C & °F readouts
- User-Adjustable temperature calibration
- All stainless steel (wetted parts)
- Easy disassembly for cleaning
A look at that Anova and included manual in the boxThe Anova Precision Sous Vide Immersion CirculatorSetup and control is easy via the integrated touch screen. This screen is for setting the option heat time.Setting the temperatureIt’s worth noting that although there is a time setting, it is not required.
Installed. This has an integrated mounting clamp that secures the heat stick to the side of the kettle.
You can see the water rippling from the flow of the Anova’s integrated circulator
I completed a quick heating test with about 5 gallons of water in a 6-ish gallon kettle. The water started out at 73 deg F.
The 5 gallons gained about 65 degrees in 51 minutes.
Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator – 120V Circulator Cooker (Black) – via Amazon
A newer version (with different specifications) is also available…
Anova Culinary Precision Cooker/Immersion Circulator (Black) – via Amazon
Anova also has an article on their website about brewing with the Anova One on their blog
from Twitter Follower Danny – “I have successfully heated up to 9.5G of water to 160F in my MT with this. Highly recommend” – photo on right click to enlarge.
I have two “questions” I guess. Has anyone used one of these with BIAB yet and have they had issues with it burning/damaging their bag? Also is the heating element portion extendable? As such I use a 15 gallon kettle for 5 gallon batches and when I mash in using my BIAB setup the water level is not high enough in my kettle that I think the heating element can stick down and reach. Has anyone else ran into this issue as well?
I have one of the newer ones and it is lower watts, but even at 1kW it’s not going to heat a lot of water supper fast. I used it in a 18 gal HLT to maintain temp after getting it pretty close with the burner. It did help the burner get up to temp faster and had no problem holding temp.
The “pump is just an impeller so it’s not very “clogable” but I wouldn’t put it in anything that had much non liquid stuff in it since there is a bunch of places stuff could get stuck inside and next to the heating element.
I think it would be better used to heat water in a cooler that you pumped through a copper coil suspended in the mash tun. It would allow stepped mashes and very well maintained mash temps.
The newer model also has a detachable clamp that offers a bit more flexibility in placement. The cord is not terribly long so you often need an extension in brewing situations. On the other hand it’s blue tooth so you can turn it on and set temp from bed when you get up and let it take however long it needs to get to temp while you eat breakfast or whatever. So you could set it up the night before and get a head start on your brew day.
So am I reading this correctly I could get a brew in the bag that fits my keggle. Use my pump to recirculate the mash and then use this in the mash to help maintain temp? My fear is clogging the this thing.
I have one too, but have yet to use. I think its use with BIAB might work, keeping the heater outside the bag. But I’m also envisioning bag sucked into the openings intended for water flow. Granted, this is sort of what is desired – the mesh in the bag stays over the water inlet holes, keeping grain particles out. It is a std axled propeller to suck water in a set of holes, across the heating element and out another set; they are small slits for inlets – not much material is going to get inside the slits. Curious if there’ll be enough flow to prevent scorching. I guess there’s only one way to find out!
Anova is offering free shipping and a $50 Father’s Day discount on the newer model on their website with the coupon code: LUVDAD at checkout. That makes it $129. Pretty serious deal there.
Keep in mind that the original touch screen model has a bigger heating element (1000W vs 800W).