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.