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Gigawort™ Electric Brew Kettle

Gigawort™ Electric Brew Kettle

SKU: 42396

Want to brew a quick batch without dragging out the gear? Got an extra hour on a weeknight and want to make the most of it? Limited brew space got you down? The Gigawort™ is the answer.

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$214.99
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This fully portable electric brew kettle uses a standard 120 GFCI volt outlet, enabling you to brew anywhere, anytime. A fully integrated digital control ensures that steeping grains are always kept at the perfect temperature. Then simply adjust the set temperature to achieve a boil.

Gigawort’s 4.4 gallon capacity is ideal for both small batches and also partial-volume boils for 5 gallon batches. Full stainless steel construction is easy to clean and ensure durability.

The Gigawort™ utilizes our revolutionary patent-pending Iso-flow bulkhead and dip tube, which makes for trouble-free wort transferring, eliminating the need to lift and pour the wort into your fermentor. Ditch the stove and create your own custom brew cave anywhere you have an outlet.

Features:
  • Electric kettle, useful for steeping and boiling extract & partial mash recipes.
  • 4.4 gallon capacity
  • Dual element, 1600W for heating to boiling, 600W for maintaining boil
  • Double walled construction for better heat retention
  • 304 stainless steel construction
  • Digital temperature controller
  • Delayed Start feature, 3.5 hour shut-off to prevent total evaporation and safety.
  • EZ Clean bulkhead and valve for easy cleaning and assembly. No need for siphoning
  • Dimensions: 19.75" high x 10.75" in diameter
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3.8 / 5.0
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I love it, but there’s a serious design flaw
I have now brewed two batches in my Gigawort. I have to say that I love the product overall. It holds steeping temperatures amazingly well, comes to a boil quickly, and as long as you get rid of the extra foam at the top there’s almost no chance of a boil over. It has dramatically improved my brew day experience. Setup and cleanup are comparatively a breeze.

The problems come in when adding extract. As another reviewer noted this was likely from the extract being too syrupy and triggering a dry kettle error. I have had this happen with both batches I brewed. The second batch I went to great lengths to make sure the LME was warmed throughout and poured it very slowly. I still had an error.

The instructions say to press the reset button, unplug the unit, plug it back in and you should be all set. These steps do work. The problem is that the reset button is on the middle of the bottom of the unit.

At this point you have around 3 1/2 gallons of near boiling liquid in the pot. You have to finagle around to press the button to reset the unit. I haven’t had much trouble with this, but I can see where some people would. I can see this being a huge liability issue as one slip at the wrong time could cause someone to get seriously burned.

In my case I plan on building a brew bench and I can accommodate the reset button with a hole under the kettle - but this really should be changed before someone gets hurt.

Overall I would recommend the product, but be very wary of this issue. Either the button needs to be moved or the sensor adjusted to allow for seamless extract additions.
RDWHAHB
RDWHAHB
February 4, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Response from Midwest Supplies
Thanks for the review! We are glad you like the Gigawort! We suggest and have found, that powering off the power when adding any extract prevents the error. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know. Until then, Happy Brewing!
February 5, 2018
Todd J Staff
Great Product
This is my first electric kettle and I have to say I’m very impressed. Steeping water temp came up to temp fast. When it was time for the boil the temp also came to a boil fast. I had a strong and healthy boil throughout the 60 boil.
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December 31, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
Don't do it.
Just really disappointed in myself for spending the money. I've done three batches in this thing and all three were ruined. I've wasted $150 in brewing ingredients so far. For some reason when I brew I get the error code 4 which shuts the whole thing down because it thinks it's running dry. My brew session today was awful. 19 times, yes nineteen (19) times I got the error code, during which I had to scrape the bottom of the kettle with a long spoon, reset the button on the bottom, and start boiling again for 3 minutes. After all that, I had burnt wort flowing around the wort. I followed the instructions to a tee. Even my recipe was as simple as can be. I'm at the point where I don't even think I can use it anymore because I can't risk wasting more money. My wife is even starting to wonder how many more times I'm going to try this thing hoping for the best. I saw Rick T's review on here and Midwest's reply was that it must be an isolated incident so I thought I'd pile on and reveal a trend with the Gigawort. Not sure where to go from here.
March 4, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Response from Midwest Supplies
Benjamin, we are sorry to hear of your review. We have some troubleshooting tips and will be reaching out to you to share them and decide on the next steps for this unit if the troubleshooting doesn't help. If you are building up enough protein on the bottom of the kettle to trip the error, we will want to discuss your processes as well. Customer Service will be following up to see what we can do to erase the disappointment.
March 5, 2018
Todd J Staff
Fantastic temp control, can be finicky at times, but was user error.
Great little unit for doing my first 5 gallon batch. While it DID kick out an error when pouring in the malt extract (sending me into panic mode since first brew) I realized that it was most likely due to the rate at which I out it in, and that I hadn't fully warmed up the extract, causing it to be very syrupy. After following the error instructions and then stirring the bottom to remove any possible extract buildup at the bottom, bingo! All set and the rest was a cakewalk. Would definitely recommend for smaller batches. Tempted to try a biab next!
January 31, 2018
Worked perfectly
After a small hiccup with the first Gigawort we received (a bad seal around the thermometer sensor which lead to leaking), we received a replacement and finally had a chance to use it this weekend with an extract brew we were making. Everything went smoothly; we had no issues with codes (we did turn off the unit to add the LME and DME), and outside of a small discrepancy between the built-in thermometer and our normal brew thermometer, it reached temps for steeping and boil quickly and held temps with no issue. Would definitely recommend if brewing indoors and your stovetop just isn't up to snuff for boiling gallons of liquid.
Gigawort Setup
Gigawort Setup
May 21, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Gigawort Brew Kettle
Great right out of the box...No problems...but have only made one batch so far...If I had to "Nitpick"..."I"... would state in the instructions...that when you reach the boil temp...flip the temp switch from 1600W to 600W...The boil lag time is shorter and the boil less aggressive at the 600W setting...Great time saver and easy to clean!
July 26, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Works Great!
I've only used this once so far but I am completely satisfied. Wish I had known able this before now but glad I have it. Great for winter brewing indoors.
January 29, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Makes brewing easy
Since my recent purchase of the Gigawort I have brewed a Hanks Hefeweizen, a Fresh Squished IPA and a Snow Plow Porter. Following the directions resulted in all three brewing without a problem. They all turned out excellent. Very convenient and easy to use. The electronic temperature control is my favorite feature. I don't have to worry about constantly adjusting the gas like with the stove or a propane burner. I'm sure it's ease of use will result in me brewing more often.
July 5, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Brewing is now a LOT easier!
I bought this earlier this year, and I have to say it makes the job a lot easier! I was a little thrown off by setting the timer, the trick is not to press 'set' after you've set the number of seconds, just let it go and it will start on its own (better docs on this would help). I really like the dip tube feature. I get a continuous flow out of the kettle and into my wort chiller until the kettle is practically empty. This is something I always wrestled with when using my homemade kettle& spigot. Thanks for a great product!
July 2, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Gigawort
Brought it so I did not have to use electric stove try it twice
1st batch I use stepping grain work good for that but when I add extract it kick out and error 4 pop up according to sheet it said unplugged unit and push reset and fill back up and it did not work finished on stove
Try this Sunday again adding extract it kick out and did what sheet said this time it work I continued boiling 40 min in to boil I add another extract it kick out could not get it to start finish on stove same to work great for stepping
I would not spend 199.99 on something that doesn’t work like I did because if got to do that much crap to reset it not worth it
I would think they would not sell it anymore unless I got a lemon of one
January 15, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Response from Midwest Supplies
We are sorry for your experience. This is definitely a unique situation and does not match up to other reviews. Customer Service will be reaching out to you to directly to discuss options for replacement and/or troubleshoot the unit you have.
January 21, 2018
Todd J Staff
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Could you perform a mash in this and set your temps?
A shopper on Dec 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it's only 4.4 gallons so unless you're doing a micro batch it's not going to be big enough to mash in.
How many amps?
Wayland K on Mar 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Well let’s see, since Volts*Amps=Watts then Amps=Watts/Volts. It runs on 120V and it says 1600W for heating and 600W to maintain boil so by doing some simple math 1600W/120V=13.3A and 600W/120V=5A.
What is the inside diameter and height of the kettle portion?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The inside dimensions are 9.75" w x 13.5" h. One thing of note is this is all one piece. The kettle does not separate from the heating element.
Can the Gigawort be wired for 220V?
A shopper on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi there- it cannot be wired for 220V. Cheers!
Is there a mash basket in the works for this? Or one already available that will fit?
A shopper on Mar 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a mash basket for the Gigawort. You could however use a Brew In A Bag approach to get the same final result.
I was on the verge of ordering one but the reviews made me hesitate. Still, shutting off the heater when adding extract doesn’t seem unreasonable. You move a kettle off the burner when you add extracts anyway. One concern I do have though is boilovers when adding hops. On my stove I can move my kettle off the burner when that becomes an issue. Does this unit have a fast enough response time if that happens? Or is residual heat still going to be a problem?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Midwest Supplies. I understand you have some questions on the temperature for the Gigawort. There will be some learning curves with any use of product. However, the temperature fix is easy, you just have to set the temperature much higher. When you want your wort to boil you need to set your thermostat in the Gigawort to 218 degrees Fahrenheit which will over-ride it turning off once it gets close to a boil. When we say "rolling" boil during a boil, we really mean we want to see some movement in the water, but you don't have to boil it hard. This will help prevent boil overs. Also only putting half of the recommended water in the total capacity of the vessel will help prevent them by giving room to catch it in time. If you do have some foaming when adding the hops, I keep a spray bottle of water and just spray the foam. It will help it dissipate. The Gigawort is well insulated, so it will take a little longer for response from the wort, so being cautious is always a good thing. Cheers!
Any stock update for March 2018? Thanks!
A shopper on Mar 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Gigawort is currently in stock. Cheers!
Will they ever come out with a bigger unit then this one, like an 8 ro 10 gallon unit???
Andrew G on Mar 27, 2018

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