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Electric Hot Water Heater as a Brew Kettle

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RE: Electric Hot Water Heater as a Brew Kettle

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Postby mule » Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:14 am

I thought I would resurrect this to add/ask a couple things.

In the auto world, we use the electric coils and temp controls for making hot tanks to clean parts. We use a false bottom to keep parts off the element. How do you guys set the elements up for boiling wort?

If I had a choice, I would use gas for out doors. It's still cheaper than electric. That being said, I would rather be in doors anyway. Do you guys have any links to "how to" on these setups? I'm assuming you would want a false bottom?????
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Postby BRYAN C » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:01 pm

i have not done it and am only just starting to brew.
But i like the hot water heater idea.
i found this post looking to see if someone else had already done this.
Here are my thought if you care to read.

Hot water tanks have sediment rust and an anode stick but other wise they are potable for water. I suspect the small amount of chlorine in the water haelp keep bacteria in a safe limit. But for brewing there can be no bacteria.
Considering the price of brew kettles a new heater might be worth it.
If using an old one sawing off the top and cleaning it out might be neccesary.
Perhaps there is a high temperature food safe coating that could be applied to the inside of the tank.

Mabey it could just be flushed out enough.
Some tanks are coated just by rolling them around so the top wouldnt have to be cut off.

I think that the thermostat would have to be disabled to get it to boil. And it might have to be a gas water heater to get a high enough temperature.
BUT HERES THE PROBLEM SOMETHING LIKE THIS BACK IN THE DAY USED TO EXPLODE. IT WASNT UNHEARD OF FOR A TANK TO BUILD SO MUCH PRESSURE THAT IT ACTUALLY RUPTURED AT THE BOTTOM AND LITERALLY PROPELLED ITSELF THROUGH THE ROOF AND SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET AWAY. ITS BASICALLY A STEM ROCKET AT THAT POINT!!!!! which is why it is illegal to modify a hot water heater in some places. Now the law requires a safty shut off valve to let steam escape.
But if you were brewing with it i would assume that both the inlet and outlet pipes would be open and not hiiked up to a municipal haose ( at 80psi) . Also it would be a good idea to remove the overload valve for more venting. it cant explode with three holes in it right?

i dont think it would be necessary to cut the top off just clean it, bleach it rinse alot more with clean water.
now the kettle will boil. The hops would have to be boiled in a seperate container and the liquid added through the hole. Then so many cans of extract. after cooling overnight, the yeast. Then cap off the holes and add a big bubble lock to one hole. When its done drain from the hose fitting at the bottom. Maybey it will be ok. mabey it will be contaminated.
Or you could cut the top off and find some way to have a sealed lid in it. mabey a wax or gasket seal

another option that would probably be a lot eaiser would be to cut the top, disable the thermostat, brew the wort and then fill the whole 60 gallons int five gallon buckets with their own airlocks. Could probably usew different additives for different stuff. I suppose the boling would sterilize the inside of the tank as well. Mabey the pilot light would keep the yeast a t a good temperature. i wonder how an electric thermostat would be disabled and how hot it could get? I suppose it could be direct wired?

so im long winded and dont check my typos but hey its the internet nobodys going to read this anyway right and if they do they probably think im an idiot and if they dont they probably are. Brewing beer with a hot water heater is nuts. Everybody knows your supposed to spend 1000$ on beer equipmnt right! Anyway tahnks for listening if you make this let us know mabey a video on you tube. Its probably not illigal to alter a hot water heater unless you installed it into a plumbing system. its the building codes not the thing seperated as a brew keg that the law is concerned with. But hey if your Australian evreythings illegal and you do it anyway right?
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Postby BRYAN C » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:11 pm

heres a european sit if found where they do this.
i dont see why it would matter if the tank was glass http://www.homebrewtalk.com/
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Postby BRYAN C » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:20 pm

.homebrewtalk
the search box is kinda hidden in a beer mug at the top left
the article is titled "scrap water heater as brewery?
couldnt get a link to go right there sorry :? :D :( :? :x :roll: :idea: :arrow: :| :?: :cry: :lol: :o :D these are all the guys i got drunk with? the green one got sick
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