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Old 01-22-2007, 09:12 PM   #1
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Ok I made up some 1500 watt heat sticks and really like them. Much better than the cold garage here in WI. I added a few of my own touches that really dress them up.

Before I went for the first batch I tested my electric stove and heat stick, and my water topped out at 200 degrees (6 gal). It looked liked a rolling boil, but the temp never broke 200. I tried it again with 2 heat sticks and the stove, and got the same temp. I live pretty close to sea level so I doubt that has anything to do with it. Any ideas? Also, does it really matter if the water doesn't reach true boiling?

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Old 01-22-2007, 09:42 PM   #2
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My first suspect would be the thermometer. What type are you using, digital, dial, or tube type? For the wort to have a roiling boil like you said I would think you would have had to reached 212F at least. I wouldnt really worry about it, as long as you got a boil your wort should be safe. Maybe try another thermometer as a comparison, put both in a pan of water and bring to a boil. Then compare the readings between the two. Hope this helps.

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