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Old 05-28-2011, 03:55 AM   #1
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Any Electric Brewers out there doing decoction,if so how?

Building a new brew room and considering both electric/propane in the planning phase can do either. Need advice and input

over night:
Thanks for the advice, since using propane in my basement just seems a little risky going to go electric. For decoction SWMBO suggested an electric hot plate ... can get for less than $100. Sweet...
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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I do a lot of decoction mashes. I am also planning on going electric. I plan to use electric for heating strike and infusions, but still using propane for the decoction part. I just can't imagine having the grain in contact with a heating element. What a mess. Maybe you could set up some kind of double-boiler with electric, but that is way too complicated for me.

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Old 05-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #3
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I can't do a decoction in my electric system- the element is at about the three gallon level for one thing, plus I wouldn't want grain in contact with the element anyway.

For decoctions, I use my kitchen stove since my brewery is in my laundry room. It's not too bad, but it's certainly not ideal!

If my system was outdoors, I'd probably have a small propane burner in it somewhere for decoctions.
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