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Old 01-24-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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Has anybody tried a crockpot mash? I'm doing a partial mash recipe which only calls for 1.5 lbs. of grain. This amount easily fits into my crockpot. I was thinking that a crock pot would keep a mash's temperature steady since it's insulated well and the "keep warm" temperature is probably just about right.

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Old 01-24-2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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Far, far too impatient to let a crockpot warm up. But, that's me.

Do a simple experiment; check the temp on the "keep warm" setting and report back. It'll either be in range or not. I'd imagine that different crockpots may define "keep warm" differently, so it may or may not be viable for different brewers.

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I've done partials and steeps with a crockpot. I did check the low setting temperature and it was about 160 as I recall ('twas a few years ago). It worked fine for me. I would heat it up first by putting some hot water in before I did the mash. And check the temp from time to time. You can always turn it off for a while if it starts getting too hot.

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I've had many many crock pots over the years. No two seem to cook at the same temp. It must be tested before you use it.

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even the low setting will be much higher than 150F, probably closer to 190F, but I think hes just talking about using it for insulating purposes.

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I've done partials and steeps with a crockpot. I did check the low setting temperature and it was about 160 as I recall ('twas a few years ago). It worked fine for me. I would heat it up first by putting some hot water in before I did the mash. And check the temp from time to time. You can always turn it off for a while if it starts getting too hot.
If you're preheating the water and babysitting the temperature, what's the point? Build a proper cooler-based mini mash tun, won't cost much $$ snd it'll maintain temps properly.
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I have one of these--I do partial boils for small batches; heat water to dissolve honey for meads; and heat water for general cleanup. I brew in my workshop which doesn't have running water. I haven't checked it at mash temps but the specs say it can go down to 150*F



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The point was it worked for me when I was using it, and didn't require that much effort. Less than building a mini mash tun. I went to all grain soon after I started using it, and it's now history.

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I left some water in my crockpot and left it on the "Keep Warm" setting overnight. This morning, the temperature was steady at 160.

So I'm thinking I might try adding my water long before I plan to brew, so when I'm ready, it will be at 160. Adding the grain should bring the temperature down. Then I'll put the lid back on and let the temperature climb up through the 150s.

Or, when I'm ready to brew, I can add water at well below 150 and then periodically check the temp. Once it's at 145 or so, add my grains and then remove once it's climbed past 155ish.

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I left some water in my crockpot and left it on the "Keep Warm" setting overnight. This morning, the temperature was steady at 160.

So I'm thinking I might try adding my water long before I plan to brew, so when I'm ready, it will be at 160. Adding the grain should bring the temperature down. Then I'll put the lid back on and let the temperature climb up through the 150s.

Or, when I'm ready to brew, I can add water at well below 150 and then periodically check the temp. Once it's at 145 or so, add my grains and then remove once it's climbed past 155ish.

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