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ekjohns 08-09-2011 02:42 PM

Best place to position heating element?
I have a 42 qt polarware brew pot with ball valve and thermometer, sight glass combo. I also have the false bottom that comes with it. I currently use it as a brew pot on the stove. My stove is almost able to boil a full 7 gallons (with all the reflex and tricks added). I would like to put in a 1500W element to get a nice easy boil but I am not sure if it would be better to put it under the flase bottom or above it. Once I move into a house, I will be using a keg as a brew pot and this as a mash tun. As far as the boil kettle goes I believe it should be fine above it. However, when it gets converted to a mash tun is it better to go under or over the false bottom. The element will be a ultra low denisity one, but putting in under the flase bottom will require a heck of alot of planning and testing.

weirdboy 08-09-2011 02:47 PM

I wouldn't put a heating element directly in my mash tun, personally.

However if I were going to position it somewhere it would be under the false bottom in either case.

ekjohns 08-09-2011 02:54 PM

forgot to mention that if I did put it under the false bottom it would be challenging to get a dip tub to pick up from the middle. Is that a problem?

weirdboy 08-09-2011 03:06 PM

If you are using it as a BK, you don't want the dip tube in the middle, you want it on the side.

Gussymo 08-09-2011 06:53 PM

I have an electric element in my mash tun. It is under a false bottom. It works fine for maintaining mash temps but it is pretty slow to ramp up the temp. It is a 1650 watt Ultra Low density element. I have only brewed with it twice and it works great. I have had other issues that were more related to my being inexperienced at all grain. Measuring the strike water is something to keep in mind since there is a lot of room under the false bottom.

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