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Old 04-25-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default Electric heater for a mash tun

Hat do y'all think about using a mash tun and making an internal electric heater like the ones u would use for a hlt or boil kettle just finding a glass tube to fit over it and seal it up, and figuring a way to get it to read the temp and be adjustable would be a challenge I think

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Old 04-25-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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If one were to seal an electric element inside a glass tube it would boil or burn in a few seconds. Elements generate a lot of heat and must have wort movement or scorching will occur. This is why people circulate the wort with a pump when heating a MT w/ electric.

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Old 04-25-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
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Since I stir the mash quite a bit during dough in, I would be very hesitant to put any glass in the mash tun. In any event, when you have a heat source you want to have the mash move relative to the heat so that it spreads uniformly.

A RIMS heater and pump are my preferred choice for maintaining temperature.

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Old 04-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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I'm trying to figure out the placement of it and the distribution of the heat and were to put the thermometer I want it to run on its own the recirc is a great Idea I just don't have a pump and a recirc tank

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Old 04-26-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
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How about making a heat stick (google it) and just stir the mash with it to add heat?

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How about making a heat stick (google it) and just stir the mash with it to add heat?
I like this idea! I am looking at making a heatstick to supplement my stove for bring full 5g batches to a boil, but using it to stir the mash would let me easily add a couple of degrees if I needed to. Of course this would only work if I was stirring for a minute or so to bring the temp a couple of degrees hotter.

Anyone see anything wrong with using this method to add temp to a mash?
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:18 AM   #7
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It's a cool idea but you never know until you try and experiment. Trial and error. I always microwaved a Pyrex pitcher until boiling and adjust my temp by pouring and mixing until I get the temp I want.

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See I want it to read itself and know when to kick on and off when I get home I'm gonna go to home depot and see what I can use from there

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See I want it to read itself and know when to kick on and off when I get home I'm gonna go to home depot and see what I can use from there
You should get a pump and a rims tube.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:57 PM   #10
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Whats a rims tube

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