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Matt Peterson
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Username: Fstbttms

Post Number: 98
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 04:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

boil a 2-liter starter. Am considering buying a hotplate/stirrer unit to replace my present stirrer so I can move my starter-making operation out of the kitchen. I just don't know if the hotplate will bring a 2-liter volume to a boil or not. Any help? TIA.

(Message edited by fstbttms on July 06, 2005)
 

The Gimp
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Username: Gimp

Post Number: 22
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 08:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What is the power rating of the hotplate. Mine is 1000W and it will boil a full gallon pot.
 

Mark Tigges
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Username: Mtigges

Post Number: 319
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 09:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Im not sure if you're asking about a single unit that both heats and stirs or not. But, if you are just looking for a burner you can buy small butane powered burners. They're about 13 inches by 15 inches. Here's what I'm talking about:

http://www.passeyoutdoors.com/store/product7.html

They are amazing. Plenty of btu for 2 litres of water. I like to use these out camping. So, I guess you could find them at REI or something similar. Around here because of the predominance of cantonese restaurants, restaurant supply stores are a very good bet.
 

Wayne Faris
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Username: Bugeaterbrewing

Post Number: 205
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 02:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would go with a cheap electric hot plate from WalMart or some such place. For as little use as it would get, it should last a lifetime for little $.

Wayne
 

Matt Peterson
Junior Member
Username: Fstbttms

Post Number: 99
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 03:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was just sort of browsing eBay to see what was available. But it dawned on me today that a small cooker (either butane or propane) would be smarter. I already have a stirrer and the little stove could also be used for other things and would likely be cheaper as well. Thanks for the input.
 

The Gimp
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Username: Gimp

Post Number: 23
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 03:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Look at

http://thegimp.8k.com/images/pb060002.jpg

It is a Thermodyne heated Stir Plate. (EBAY $35)

The heater is integral to the stir plate and is rated at 1KW. This is what I used at one time.

Although it is easier just to use the microwave to boil the wort.
 

Matt Peterson
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Username: Fstbttms

Post Number: 100
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 04:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

While I like the idea of another brewing gadget (the hotplate/stirrer combo) I think I have decided to simply buy a Coleman 2-burner camp stove to do my starter wort boiling in the brewery/garage. The stove is rated at 11,000 BTU per burner which is plenty to boil a small volume and runs on propane (I can even hook my big propane bottle up to it so I don't have to always use the smaller disposable canisters.) Also, I think controlling the boil will be easier using a gas burner as opposed to an electric hotplate. Plus, one can never have too much camping gear ;-)
 

Paul Erbe
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Username: Perbe

Post Number: 275
Registered: 05-2001
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 07:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gimp - Better start paying those bills, Sprint is going cut off your service.
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