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The stick does the recirculation? That's ace. So I can leave it in my mash and it will keep it at my target temperature?

They're not cheap, but actually could be a really good choice. Have you tried step-mashes with it?
Yes it recirculates. I have an ANOVA one (they're under £100 nowadays I think) which keeps my insulated 30l pot (camping mat) within a degree. I give it an occasional stir. You would need to use a bag for your grain (brew in a bag). I've used mine for 100 + brews and works for me.
 

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Yes it would do step mashes. It heats relatively quickly (depends on the power of the stick you have). I have an induction hob so can heat without concern of burning anything (wire etc) at the same time. Would be more difficult with gas. If I didn't have an induction hob, i may also consider an all in one system to be honest.
 

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I'm certain I could keep the cables away from the flames. A pair of these would be excellent
 

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How many Watts is that device? You're doing 21 litre batches I assume? Do you often produce big beers?
I've used it with a 30l pot. I tend to do smaller batches nowadays (12l into fermenter) with a 20l pot. I think it's 1200w, would need to check. I think I would rather get a larger pot than two devices to heat? You could sparge (biab still), or liquor back? I don't really do many big beers, but can by reducing mash volume and just sparging the bag after removing and resting on a rack above the pot. Not the most efficient but don't mind using a little more grain.
 

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I've used it with a 30l pot. I tend to do smaller batches nowadays (12l into fermenter) with a 20l pot. I think it's 1200w, would need to check. I think I would rather get a larger pot than two devices to heat? You could sparge (biab still), or liquor back? I don't really do many big beers, but can by reducing mash volume and just sparging the bag after removing and resting on a rack above the pot. Not the most efficient but don't mind using a little more grain.
Yes, I realised keeping two vessels.


It's so complicated. I'm currently weighing up my options.
 

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I've used it with a 30l pot. I tend to do smaller batches nowadays (12l into fermenter) with a 20l pot. I think it's 1200w, would need to check. I think I would rather get a larger pot than two devices to heat? You could sparge (biab still), or liquor back? I don't really do many big beers, but can by reducing mash volume and just sparging the bag after removing and resting on a rack above the pot. Not the most efficient but don't mind using a little more grain.
Ben, can I just clarify that your device will go up to (or above) 100 Celsius?
 

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Ben, can I just clarify that your device will go up to (or above) 100 Celsius?
It definitely won't go above 100c. It can go to 99c I think but I've never tried. I mash at maximum 70c, use it to raise the temp to 76c for mash out and then i take it out to boil. I often add it in for a whirlpool (hopstand) after the boil to hold it at 80c for 15 mins with hops in a bag. And then I set it to 18c to recirculate the wort whilst chilling (helps bring the temp down much faster with the immersion chiller).
 
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