Bru-Heat boiling bucket

I’m sorry that it’s been a while since my last posting. Today I’m talking about equipment, specifically my kettle. It’s a 26 litre Bru-Heat bucket. It is imported from England. Somewhat common 10 years ago, but rather rare now. My LHBS store specially ordered it for me, from a Canadian distributor who still has a few in stock. Cost is about $100. The plastic is polypropylene, somewhat thicker and more heat resistant than your usual white plastic bucket, which are made of HDPE. It gives no off flavours at all. It does however have a 2400 watt, 220 volt element, so you have to wire in a 220 v breaker and plug to wherever you’re using it. I’ve had it for 6 months now and like it. With insulation around the bucket, I can bring tap water to a boil in a little more than 20 minutes. I have never had a problem with burning or scorched wort.

If you’re going to go electric, do it the right way. Get a proper container, proper wattage, proper elements, proper wiring. Know what you are doing. My co-worker’s husband is an electrician and helped me wire it up. This is mixing electricity and water, not a good combination, so play it smart and do it right.

About Mike

I'm the head brewmaster at Shepody Brewery. I'm the one who chooses the recipes, orders supplies, does all the grunt work, and drinks most of the product.
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2 Responses to Bru-Heat boiling bucket

  1. Tom Dean says:

    Couldn’t help but reply to your electric brewery. I too have a simular setup as you. To put it mildly I couldn’t imagine brewing any other way. My biggest concern was the plastic bucket and the ever leaking tap. So I bought a 30 Aluminum Turkey pot with spigot and drill a hole for the heating element. Works great! My biggest concern has been what will I do if the element ever breaks? I was able to get in contact with the company that make the setup in England and they said they would send me a replacement if I ever needed one. I have their name and email contact address if you you like to cut to the chase and eliminate the middle man.

    Let me know

  2. bill horn says:

    I too have a Bru-heat bucket.Never had a problem
    but it is getting old and would like to order a new one in case something goes wrong. Could you please send me the address in England and tell me the best way to go about ordering.

    Thank you,Bill

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