gas or electric stove when mashing/boiling

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  1. Rudibrew

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    hi guys,im looking to upgrade to maybe a plain gas tank to do my boiling/mashing.
    i am currently using electric stovetop to accomplish the mash,and boil.
    not very effective,and concerned im burning out the stove elelments while keeping at full heat for a hour.
    how better would the gas tank with a cooker top be ,efficiency and budget wise?
    would i be saving on electtricty compared to the gas usage and is mashing a efficient way to do it on the gas burner?
    i used to mash in the cooler box and strain,then heat up the electric stove to boil.
     
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    Depending on your kettle set up, an induction burner may be a good choice for you. I'd choose one over gas/propane any day.
     
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    i have a aluminium pot 11liters.
    gas burner in my budget
     
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    I use induction. I'll go back if the power grid and our solar panels fail completely and irreparably. A 220V induction element delivers 3500 watts directly to the bottom of the pot, far more efficient than propane, brings 8 gallons of wort to a boil in less than 30 minutes. If you're generating the electricity using sunlight on the roof, virtually free. No tanks to fill, no running out in the middle of a boil, no wind to fight, I can boil in my basement.... What's not to like?
     
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    Yeah, the major disadvantage to propane is that you really need a well-ventilated space, as you are using SO much more gas than, say, a pot of spaghetti. But in many parts of the world propane is cheaper than electricity per BTU (assuming bulk propane, not a 20 lb BBQ tank)
     
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    ok,im small,small scale.
    i create max 2gal of brew.
    lets keep it on my scale please
     
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    And I create 5.
    For all that, go buy a used electric stove, wire it up and leave the kitchen one alone. 2 Gallons is like a pot of pasta, propane would be overkill.

    (well, a HUGE magnifying glass would be overkill. But that limits you to brewing only on sunny days...;-)
     
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    huh?
     
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    1100 watts, 120 volts.... I have one of those, too, for small brews and heating other stuff while brewing.
     
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    He mentioned aluminum so induction is out. At 2 Gallon volumes either will work and if you are doing it indoors electric will be simpler and safer.
     
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    He could still use induction if he got one of those stainless steel plates - I have one for heating my Ehrlenmeyer flasks on the induction setup.
     
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    Oh yeah I never thought about that. That could work. Where does one get one of those stainless plates now that we're talking about it?
     
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    I got mine from Amazon. And I believe my secondary unit is 1800 watt.
     
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    Didn't know that was a thing till now, I have an induction unit I haven't been using.
     
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    My sparge pot is electric I removed the element out of the kettle and cut a hole in the pot used the silicon gasket that come with the jug and hey presto you have a crude boiler.
    Couple this with a Power Watt Meter you have yourself a mini all in one brew rig;). I can post photos this arvo when I'm home if ya want ?:rolleyes:
     
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    I know I want to see it.
     
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    It's currently In use as baby bottle sterilizer but I'll be pinching it for some sparge water today. 20201003_075841.jpg
    Yes wiring is exposed´┐╝ I've gotta make that safer:rolleyes: anywho there a ghetto boil pot.

    PWMeter ontop of laundry powder.;)
     
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    well,i bought a LPG tank,brewed up a pilsner.
    Boiloff was way better than my electric stove,almost spoton with the recipe.
    Pretty happy with the results
     
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    Ok that's largely what Iw as picturing Ben. I like the idea.

    Nice work Rudi, I find Propane gives me better heat but it's harder to control.
     
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    Yeah I would say your boil off will be about twice that of electric depending of course on wattage.
     

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