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ayrton 08-29-2006 05:03 PM

Electric burner...burns things
 
My stove top is electric, and when I get something going to a full boil, some of the ingredients get burned to the bottom. I lost an entire batch because of it once (it tasted like burned toast). Anyone have any tips/gadgets on getting a full boil going without having the bottom of the brew pot get hot enough to burn my ingredients?

AdIn 08-29-2006 05:15 PM

Sounds strange to me because I also use electric stove top and never had this problem. What do you mean by some of the ingradients? Is it DME or LME? I take my boiling pot of the burner when add DME and put it back on only when sure all has been disolved.

the_bird 08-29-2006 05:18 PM

If you're using LME, you've got to stir it when you add it or it'll sink to the bottom and scorch. DME doesn't have this problem, at least not to the same degree. Can't see how whether the heat source is electric or gas would matter.

david_42 08-29-2006 05:25 PM

What you need is a heat diffuser I use a simple circle of steel on my turkey burner to prevent burns in the very middle.

ayrton 08-29-2006 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by david_42
What you need is a heat diffuser I use a simple circle of steel on my turkey burner to prevent burns in the very middle.

THAT is what I wanted. Thanks!

ayrton 08-29-2006 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdIn
Sounds strange to me because I also use electric stove top and never had this problem. What do you mean by some of the ingradients? Is it DME or LME? I take my boiling pot of the burner when add DME and put it back on only when sure all has been disolved.

I'm guessing it was the hops and liquid malt extract that got burned to the bottom. I don't use dry malt extract. The burner even managed to imprint the bottom of my (old) enamel brew pot. Some of the enamel got permanently stuck to the burner! I now have a stainless steel pot, and even my first brew with it left a few marks on the bottom of the inside of my brewpot in the shape of my burner. I need to get that diffuser to keep the heat even.

D*Bo 08-29-2006 07:23 PM

Try turning the heat down a little. It doesn't need to be on high to keep the boil going.


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