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Old 14-12-2017, 11:53 AM   #1
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Hey y’all

Bit of a tech query that hopefully someone has a bit of knowledge about.

I received a newsletter last week from BYO and there was an article about induction brewing. Quite interesting and something that I fancy trying. ATM I am just using my cooker top to get my 19L stock pot up to boiling temp. I generally have between 8 and 10 litres of fluid that I need to bring to the boil and that takes anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour (more likely to be closer to an hour).

So my query is do these induction hobs get your brew to the boil much quicker than stove tops?
If so, how much faster are we talking (roughly speaking)?
I’m guessing more expensive induction hobs do the job faster but have any of you guys had success with a more affordable device?

Any pointers are greatly appreciated.

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So my query is do these induction hobs get your brew to the boil much quicker than stove tops?
If so, how much faster are we talking (roughly speaking)?
I’m guessing more expensive induction hobs do the job faster but have any of you guys had success with a more affordable device?

Any pointers are greatly appreciated.

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Dont know about the stand alone ones, but our induction hob in the kitchen can get a 2l pan of water to boil quicker than our kettle. They are pretty rapid
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Yeah but I wonder how long it would take to get 10 litres to the boil. My cooker is just a cheap Argos one that has that A+ rating sticker on it. I did use a friends cooker a couple of times and it was a bit quicker but it was nominal. He had an older, less eco-friendly cooker.
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Yeah but I wonder how long it would take to get 10 litres to the boil. My cooker is just a cheap Argos one that has that A+ rating sticker on it. I did use a friends cooker a couple of times and it was a bit quicker but it was nominal. He had an older, less eco-friendly cooker.
What size induction are you referring to? If you get a 2000w one its going to be the equivalent of all your whole hob and you can use them outside. Sorry i cant say exactly how long it takes to boil as i never timed it but an hour for 10l is a bit much. You will see a big improvement.
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Not sure about the size. I've done a quick search online and there are a lot of different types out there. I basically just want one that my stock pot will sit on nicely and it'll get my brew boiling in under 20 minutes. What size of watt that is, I have no idea.
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Get the biggest you can afford....incase you see a big shiny pot.....
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As clint says get the biggest you can for when you upgrade. I bought one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Buffalo-C...0AAOSwZqZaKnab paid about £70 sh. Its great and very well built. Or this would do you https://pulsar.ebay.co.uk/plsr/clk/0...bDcog%3D%22%7D
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Hey y’all
So my query is do these induction hobs get your brew to the boil much quicker than stove tops?
If so, how much faster are we talking (roughly speaking)?
Some info on the Buffalo 3KW, posts 14 & 28 have some stats on boil times:
http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=63593

I found another use for mine last week, I plugged it into my Inkbird to keep my wort at a steady 40°C for 48 hours while the sour starter did it's thing, worked a treat.
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I use a couple of 3kw buffalo induction hobs ((£120 from nisbets when on offer)... I really do like them... no element to clean... I use a 10gallon ssbrewtech and 45liter pot from brewbuilder ... both work really well... I would say it takes between 45-60 minutes to get up to mash temperature depending on what time of year it is. I also noticed a difference once I wrapped them in insulation.
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Yesterday I downloaded the manual for our cooker (might have use for it in a lesson) and found out that the biggest one of the zones is 2300 W with a 10 minute boost option of 3700 W. But aside from that: no, no experience (yet) with 5 gallon boils, only 1, but induction is perfect! Cleaning is a dream, and there's also an option to set the desired temperature, boost to that, and leave it on that temperature for an hour! Didn't know that either...
And I already have been using this cooker for what, 6 years?
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