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Five key factors when considering a used kettle or tank

While there are many advantages to buying a new kettle, buyers may consider purchasing pre-owned equipment from a reputable, food processing equipment reseller.Aside from the basic choices required when looking for a kettle or tank, such as shape (dished or hemispherical bottom), capacity and agitator type, these other factors are important to consider when deciding whether or not to buy a specific used vessel:Prior use: Determining what ingredients were processed in the used kettle under...

The best beer brewing kits to make a cold one at home

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Martin Garrido/Flickr/Business InsiderThe Insider Pick:While it’s unfortunately not true that Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” it’s certainly a sentiment that most of us would agree with. If you’d like to brew a cold one yourself, our top recommendation for home brewing...

With the iKettle, you’ll never need to wait for the kettle to boil

Why it matters to you You can control the iKettle using nothing but your phone so you can always have your hot beverage waiting for you.A watched pot may never boil, but you’ll never need to watch the iKettle to ensure that it’s doing its job. Rather, this smart kettle promises to always serve you water at the correct temperature, whenever you want it. Now in its third generation, this Internet of Things (IoT) device from Smarter can connect to a number of different platforms,...

How to brew better coffee at home in 5 easy steps

For the sake of argument, let's say you spend $2 every morning for a small - or to use the company's Orwellian Doublespeak, a "tall" - cup of coffee at Starbucks. Without blinking an eye, you've spent $60 a month on your caffeine fix.And that doesn't even take into account the travel costs, the tips and the potential lack of willpower to resist the caramel macchiato with extra whip, which will double your cost to $4 a day. This is real money, the kind that could be invested into your...