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Old 08-11-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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It's been a while since I've posted in the electric brewing forum for the simple reason that, thanks to P-J's help, my 1/2 bbl electric brewery kicks ass! Anyway, as my brewing has progressed, I'd really like to begin doing decoctions for my German lagers. Has anyone thought about putting together a 110 electric kettle, to be used exclusively for decoctions? I'd like it to be super simple--maybe just a 1500 watt element mounted inside the kettle and a rheostat wired to the junction box on the side of the kettle? Would the rheostat idea work? Would the 1500watt element be able to boil a thick mash sample from a 15 gallon batch?

 
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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Bad idea IMHO. You'll be boiling the thick mash with the element and most likely scorching because there won't be enough liquid to carry away the heat.
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