Originally Posted by finger123
I know that I will get a biased response posting in this category but while I am sold on all of the desirable factors related to electric I am interested to know if anyone has had problems with caramelization/burning with electric. Especially with high gravity worts. I am trying to decide which is the best system for me and I am a little concerned because I plan to primarily brew very high gravity beers. Electricbrewery.com seems to say that it doesn't happen but I have a hard time believing that it doesn't happen given that there is a lot of talk about it.
I don't belong to the prestige electric brew club, gas only
Under normal condition the temperature never gets high enough to caramelize the sugars.
As long you have liquid around the element no scorching should happen.
Initial caramelization temperatures of common carbohydrates
Fructose 110° C
Galactose 160° C
Glucose 160° C
Maltose 180° C
Saccharose 160° C
Simply speaking, caramelization is the process of removal of water from a sugar followed by isomerization and polymerisation steps.