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Old 06-09-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default MLT with heater HELP

I have already put a heater element into a 10 gal picnic cooler. With a Rancho thermostat and a outlet timer. I have set the termostat to 175 deg. and set the timer so that when I get home from work my water is ready for the mash.
I want to basically setup a MLT system that can do the mash by itself as well... I was thinking of just adding some steel braided hose to make it into a MLT too (as in: Would this scorch the wort though?
Another thought is to put a solinoid coming out of the heated cooler that could drain into the MLT at the proper time.
I have seen a couple of you crazy guys ADRENO controlled big money projects, and kudos. However, I am trying to keep this simple and under $200. Does anyone have any input on the info I have provided?

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Old 06-10-2009, 03:30 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by psi3000 View Post
Would this scorch the wort though?

Yes, an electric element in the grist must be stirred constantly to avoid scorching IMO.
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You really should look at HERMS (like the thread you referenced). Heating element in the MLT is a bad idea...
“Altogether 1420 in the Shire was a marvelous year... The Northfarthing barley was so fine that the beer of 1420 malt was long remembered and became a byword. Indeed a generation later one might hear an old gaffer in an inn, after a good pint of well-earned ale, put down his mug with a sigh: ‘Ah! that was a proper fourteen-twenty, that was!’”

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