Originally Posted by audger
uh.. no ingredient you put into a keggle should trip a GFCI. if its tripping that means there is current leaking into ground from somewhere, which needs to be found and fixed. that is a wiring fault and has nothing to do with the brewing process.
that said- you should NOT be mashing in a pot with a live/hot electrical element. you can electrocute yourself easily when you go to stir it, even with a wooden paddle. you are already having ground fault issues, that GFCI probably has already saved your life several times and you just dont know it.
not to mention the fact that you dont really want grains sticking to your element and scorching. im suprised you havnt tasted charcoal/burnt flavors in the beer.
Cant see how it's a wiring fault, its just live in neutral out and as far as I know elements dont have polarity. But yes it appears there is current leaking somewhere.
On the electrocution issue i have earthed the metal body of the keggle like all electrical appliances with metal housings should be. But yes i do see the cause for concern if the current is leaking to earth some of the electrical path would be provided by the metal body of the keg.
On the last step mash i did in my keggle i didnt have any scorch issues but that is because i was stirring continuously
Originally Posted by passedpawn
search for RIMS and HERMS.
I do steps by adding additional hot water (infusions). Pretty simple.
Putting an element in your mash tun has been done before. I don't think this ever works out, but hey there's always something new in brewing.
Does beersmith have the ability to estimate the addition volumes and temps or do you just have set amounts for your batch sizes?
Originally Posted by Yooper
I do steps by ramping via my HERMS if I'm doing one. For decoctions, I brew on my old gas system.
I don't know why stirring a mash with an element would be dangerous- that doesn't make sense to me. But I can't see how an element can heat a mash evenly, either. I'd be afraid of the grain being too hot near the element, while not being warm enough at the top. If you're going to be doing step mashes, it's probably much easier to do it via a HERMS or RIMS.
Yup, continuous stirring when ramping worked on the last batch. I use a plastic spoon to be on the safe side but as you said can't really see the danger if i have a safety earth and a GFCI.
I've been drooling over a herms system for a while now. are they as horrendously expensive to set up as they appear to be