At the last meeting of the Beijing Homebrewing Society a copy of this magazine was shown. I went online to find out more about where to find this, and their website is here.
A friend mentioned to me that there might be an issue with having enough BTU's using my stove to get a boil with the 10 gallon pots. I really had not considered this so last night I filled a pot with tap water and timed my temps and how long it took to achieve a boil. The test was done with the lid in place, and I used a candy thermometer to record temps at each interval.
- 1:05 Temp: 75C/167F
- 1:26 Temp: 98C/208F
At around the 1 hour and 25 minute mark the lid started jumping and water was bubbling splattering outside the kettle. I removed the lid and set the thermometer and the rolling boil reduced to a gentle boil. Still bubbling, but not nearly as strong as with the lid in place. The burner on my stove is 4.5"/12cm in diameter.
The most interesting part for me was the deposits left behind by the tap water. There was a thick crust at the surface level, and fine layer completely covering the bottom and sides. Wiping this off with a finger showed a light brown powder. Not sure what that would be, but as my wife said that has to make the morning shower very efficient.
I went back to Hotel Equipment Company (HEC) by the south railway station and picked up two stainless steel pots. HEC has a huge selection of pots but I had a hard time understanding what grade of stainless was being used.
Now the next trick will be to find someone who can TIG weld the ferrules. I asked some friends but so far no luck.
I cannot believe I saddled Annie with 80 lbs of stuff when she was in NYC. She gave me the ok to send some packages to her hotel to bring back to Beijing, but neither her or I realized how much this stuff would weigh. I had never held a Tri-Clover fitting in my hand so I didnt know how much it weighed. And the Black IPA brew kit weighed a good 20 lbs by itself. If she had done this to me I would have went ballistic, but she was totally cool with everything and packed it up safely. We got stabbed with a $200 fine at the airport though, and that did not feel very good. But the hardware is nice, and now I just need to get some kettles and find somebody who can TIG weld my ferrules. That will be the next challenge. And I owe the wife a huge favor, which is somewhat scary..... but the look and feel of solid stainless. I would sell my tawdry soul.