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Can a plastic fermentation bin be modified with a heater element to make a strike-water heater or a boil-kettle?

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Yes, it has been done many times.

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Do you have any good links on what heater element, how how get a good seal or is it as simple as attaching a tap? – Another Compiler Error Jan 22 '14 at 18:22
Not off hand. Take a look at the AHA and Northern Brewer forums. – Denny Conn Jan 22 '14 at 18:37

I believe that most of the plastic fermentation buckets are only rated up to 170F. Boiling water in it would probably warp the bucket.

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