So I had my first burning of the elements yesterday, and of course it would happen on the most ambitious brew I have tried to date. I have been using this kettle to nearly brew a batch a week since February.
Here is a breakdown of my equipment and recipe.
40QT Winware Aluminum pot with one 1500W ULWD Camco element and one 1500w Camco element from HD (LWD or HWD). Pot also has a drain valve. Insulated w/ 2 layers of reflectix.
I always have left both elements on for the boil. And I have made a stainless mesh hop sack that I suspend a few inches above one of the elements for optimal hop utilization and to have the boil flow wort over the hops fast.
Imperial Pumpkin ale recipe (modified version of the big thread here)
17# 2 row
2# crystal 40
1# Biscuit malt
Mashed @ 154 for 1 hour.
Target OG 1.100
2 cans of pumpkin were baked in the oven for one hour and the pumpkin mass was added straight to the boil as soon as the pot hit a boil.
My question is this. I'm suspecting that adding the pumpkin mass that early and having it float about the bottom is what caused the scorching, I figured that the material was fine enough (particulate size) to be suspended and stirred by the convective jets from the boil. I noticed the scorching smell about 30-45 mins into the boil
Was the pumpkin the actual culprit or would you attribute it to the high gravity of the wort?
I was able to get most of the scorched mass off of the Home Depot element real easy but the one on the ULWD is a bit of a bear. I am going to take a steel wool pad to it.
Any and all help is appreciated.
With a bruised ego,