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Old 06-04-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Saw this on eBay last night, bid before I went to bed and woke up the proud owner. Looked like it might be good for temperature corrections in the mash or even step mashing. Adjustable temperature control from 75 degrees to boiling, but at 1000W boiling is out. Scorching is my only worry, but for $30 shipped, it's worth playing with. Anyone ever seen/used one of these before?




 
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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looks like a bucket heater. I think someone tried one very much like it from tractor supply guess it would be ok to pre heat sparge water

With mashing you would want a ultra low density element to not scorch the wort
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:47 PM   #3
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With mashing you would want a ultra low density element to not scorch the wort
Yeah, I'm wondering if the temperature control changes the heat intensity or is just an on/off thing. One of the labels says 750-1000W, so the heat may be variable. Still, I don't know if 750W is low enough to not scorch?


No luck with google searching the company or model. Might end up being trial and error when it gets here, but it would be good to hear someone elses experience before taking a chance of messing up a batch.

 
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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My 2000w heatstick will hold a boil, but won't get the boil going alone. I use the banjo burner along with the heatstick to establish the boil.

1000w is a little small.

 
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:55 PM   #5
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. . . 1000w is a little small.
Not looking to boil, just step mash from say 130 to 150 degrees without scorching grain by stirring with this thing?

 
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:02 PM   #6
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Could you use it in your lauter tun?
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:00 AM   #7
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That stick would work great in an HLT, slow of course, but on a timer would be perfect. It will also heat the mash, i doubt any scorching will occur as long as you are stirring.

 
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That stick would work great in an HLT, slow of course, but on a timer would be perfect. It will also heat the mash, i doubt any scorching will occur as long as you are stirring.
I picked up a 3000W immersion heater a while ago (eBay again) that will end up on my HLT when I find time to wire a 220V outlet. Springer mentioned needing an "ultra low density element" for use in the mash, but I'd like to know what the spec for that is? Or if the scorching he mentions would only be a problem if you don't stir?

 
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I use my heatstick in the boil.

Tried it in the mash once. Once.

I managed to get some grain stuck to the heating element and melt some dimples in the bottom of my cooler MLT. I just stuck it in there. If you are going to use a heatstick in a MLT, you HAVE to keep it moving.

That Amber Ale had a funny, slightly scorched taste, but with a drop or two of lime juice was pretty good.

I have used my heatstick in the boil of very light colored Pilsner's without any carmelization.

 
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:41 AM   #10
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I picked up a 3000W immersion heater a while ago (eBay again) that will end up on my HLT when I find time to wire a 220V outlet. Springer mentioned needing an "ultra low density element" for use in the mash, but I'd like to know what the spec for that is? Or if the scorching he mentions would only be a problem if you don't stir?
As for 240v elements, regular water heater elements are good. I'm going to probably use 5500w elements in my system. One in the HLT, and one in the keggle. Using solid state relays enable you to "throttle down" the heat as needed.

 
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