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Old 08-07-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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I have a question about the mash on a biab setup. So i get my water to 170ish to mash, ultimately I want to be at like 154 for the mash, putting the grain in should take the 170 to about 155ish so that is good. Here is my question. Do i turn the flame off at 170 and let the grain mash for 60 minutes without any additional flame? just want to make sure on this.....i guess putting a lid on will help keep the temp in the 155 area?

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Old 08-07-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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ideally, you would turn the flame off and let it hold at your mash temp. depending on your setup you may need to apply heat during the mash to keep it at the proper temp. definitely keep the lid on during the mash and try wrapping your kettle with a blanket or similar to help hold the temp once the flame is off.



 
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #3
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I will need to lift the lid multiple times to check the temp as well. So well see how it goes. Thanks !

 
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:39 PM   #4
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>>I will need to lift the lid multiple times to check the temp as well.

1. dont forget to stir.

2. if the temperature drops you may need to add a short burst of heat. If so, consider lifting the bag part way, and then stirring very well, as grain acts as a good insulator.
However, you will still get conversion, even if the temperature drops a few degrees.

3. A probe thermometer like this may be very useful.
http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-1470-Di...I2FBI1WISGTB6A


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Old 08-07-2012, 11:55 PM   #5
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Thanks Arc, that helps

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:54 AM   #6
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I don't know what kind of kettle you have but stainless definitely holds the heat a lot better than aluminum. I have a stainless pot and generally just cover with a few towels and don't lose more than a few degrees in an hour, even with stirring. I also just use my floating thermometer and leave it in the whole time so that I can check each time I stir...

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:59 AM   #7
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The probe thermometer has made my BIAB mashing life a million times better. I cover the pot & throw on a big blanket and jacket. Holds pretty well. SO much better than the floating thermometer.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:04 AM   #8
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The probe thermometer has made my BIAB mashing life a million times better. I cover the pot & throw on a big blanket and jacket. Holds pretty well. SO much better than the floating thermometer.
How so? My bag fits over my pot and I just leave my thermometer in with the grain. It doesn't get in the way and isn't really a hassle imo. Am I missing something?

 
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:08 AM   #9
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In my process I cover the pot & turn the flame off. It's obviously a pain in the ass to have to uncover, take the lid off, & check the floating thermometer. Not to mention the heat I lose during that process.

It's much easier to have a display telling me where I'm at. If your process works differently and well, carry on my brewing brother.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:48 AM   #10
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In my process I cover the pot & turn the flame off. It's obviously a pain in the ass to have to uncover, take the lid off, & check the floating thermometer. Not to mention the heat I lose during that process.

It's much easier to have a display telling me where I'm at. If your process works differently and well, carry on my brewing brother.
I am just always looking for ways to improve my set up... Even if you leave the probe in and can see the temp inside the kettle, you still have to uncover to stir (when you would check the floater).



 
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