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Old 12-05-2009, 06:15 PM   #1
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I am in the process of my RIMS build and would like to add a heat stick outside the MLT for step mashing......my original idea is to make it from 1" copper using a 110V element. I dont have 220V acess were I brew. Will this be large enough to raise temps from 120 to 140 to 155 while recirculating? Should I use larger diameter copper for increased volume? I do 10g batches. Any ideas, pictures, advise?
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Yes, that will be enough. I use a 120V 2000 watt element to do mashes and help with boils. It takes about 40 minutes to bring 8 gallons to a boil.

I used this design:

http://www.cedarcreeknetworks.com/heatstick.htm

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Old 12-05-2009, 11:54 PM   #3
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I have built two using this design and they work great. I heat 12 gallons from 110 to 180 degrees in about 15 minutes.

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Thank you for the input, nut, I was looking for a internal type......for a recirculating system. Enclosed with an inlet and out let for RIMS system. Is a 110v still adequate for that type? Any pics to go off of?
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Should be something you're looking for here.

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I am in the process of my RIMS build and would like to add a heat stick outside the MLT for step mashing......my original idea is to make it from 1" copper using a 110V element. I dont have 220V acess were I brew. Will this be large enough to raise temps from 120 to 140 to 155 while recirculating? Should I use larger diameter copper for increased volume? I do 10g batches. Any ideas, pictures, advise?
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Just purely out of curiousity, why do you feel the need to step mash?
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Step mash for an imperial pilsner and my wheat beers.....do it now with direct heat but would like to reduce the risk of scorching.

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Step mash for an imperial pilsner and my wheat beers.....do it now with direct heat but would like to reduce the risk of scorching.
Also for raising temp at mash out...
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Should be something you're looking for here.
Sorry, but I didnt find anything like that....
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Step mash for an imperial pilsner and my wheat beers.....do it now with direct heat but would like to reduce the risk of scorching.
Is the Malt for the Pilsner European in origin? The reason I am asking is that if the malt you are using is domestic, chances are almost 100% it is fully modified, making step mashing unnecessary
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