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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby andrewmaixner » Sun May 31, 2015 2:22 pm

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Looks like it fits fairly well and I'll try it for heating strike water in my 70qt cooler.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby Steven P » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:13 am

I got mine last week. Did some ribs that turned out well. Pork cheeks and taco rub have been in at 145f since Saturday. Tacos tonight for sure.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby czubak » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:47 am

Andrew, have you paid attention to how long it takes to get say 5 gallons up to strike temp?
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby andrewmaixner » Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:21 pm

czubak wrote:Andrew, have you paid attention to how long it takes to get say 5 gallons up to strike temp?

No, I made pork chops but haven't brewed yet.

This spreadsheet should give a fairly good estimate though (cant recall where I got it, but it's just basic algebra/physics formulas):
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

5 Gallons of Water
70 ˚Fahrenheit Start Temp
170 ˚Fahrenheit Desired
1000 Watts of Heating Element
1.05 Thermal Loss (1.05 insulated, 1.1+ uninsulated)
1:17 Hours to Heat

8:00 AM Mash-in time
6:42 AM Required Power-on time
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby czubak » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:14 pm

Thanks, another idea I had was to use this to whirlpool for hop stands and while chilling.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby Steven P » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:21 pm

Could be a messy clean up with the element on.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby andrewmaixner » Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:57 pm

czubak wrote:Thanks, another idea I had was to use this to whirlpool for hop stands and while chilling.

I think he means for circulating only, heat off.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby Matt F » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:00 pm

czubak wrote:Thanks, another idea I had was to use this to whirlpool for hop stands and while chilling.


I would not worry about trying to maintain a temp during a hop stand. For example, hit 200 F and whirlpool. It is OK if the temp drops a bunch.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby Matt F » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:02 pm

Not sure if the whirlpool would be strong enough. My pump barley makes a useable cone. Stirring with a paddle is more effective.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby czubak » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:07 pm

Matt F wrote:Not sure if the whirlpool would be strong enough. My pump barley makes a useable cone. Stirring with a paddle is more effective.

The videos I've watched mixes the water like a boat prop, so yeah probably not useful

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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby czubak » Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:46 pm

Worked great for strike water. Went to church and came home ready to mash in. I needed to use propane to help get thr sparge water up to temp in time.

Then cooked up a pork loin for dinner. Poor thing needs a rest :)

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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby czubak » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:07 pm

I've used this a half dozen times already and love it. Bluetooth range is really short. It's in the kitchen and I'm in the garage and nothing. Not a huge deal breaker, but a gimmick in my eyes. Had I known the older model was even cheaper at the time I would have bought that


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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby andrewmaixner » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:26 pm

Used it to heat my mash-out water in a cooler (5gal at about 125F-->175F) during my 1 hour mash. Worked well. Would have used it to heat my strike water but I was in a hurry that morning.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby czubak » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:58 am

andrewmaixner wrote:Used it to heat my mash-out water in a cooler (5gal at about 125F-->175F) during my 1 hour mash. Worked well. Would have used it to heat my strike water but I was in a hurry that morning.

I need to see if any of my coolers would work to heat strike/sparge. I think that would be more efficient. I use an old turkey fryer pot from my extract days. I worked great for strike, but for sparge I needed to add a flame to get it to temp within an hour.

~5 gallons in my 10 gallon kettle or 70qt cooler won't allow the element to reach the water.
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Re: Sous Vide setup

Postby czubak » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:38 am

Would an Ale Pale be ok to heat the water in say for a couple hours when I wake up in the morning? I'd be scared of something melting


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