maintaining SS keg MLT temps
Hey all: I have made the switch from the cooler to a 15 gal SS keg as a mash tun last year. I have had a bugger of a time trying to stabilize the temps.
1) I wrap it in 2 layers of the bubble reflectix(sp?) wrap, didn't help.
2)I added a blue sleeping pad over the wrap, helped but still lost temps.
3) lastly added a decent sleeping bag over the entire setup(reflex and sleep pad). The last setup was the best but still lost temps(5 degrees over 30 minutes. I find this unacceptable. I am constantly adding heat to the MLT. Kinda a pain especially since I use to take a nap when using the Coleman.
Initially: I bring the water and SS MLT keg up to temp, I wrap it wait 10-15 minutes to stabilize temps, temps always seem to hold, then add the grains. The temps usually hits the mash temp. It holds ~15minutes then begins its decent. I want to go back to taking a nap during the mash.
I'm thinking the SS keg temp does not properly stabilize thus the drop in temp. Anyone have this problem? I might be headed back to the cooler.
Appreciate any advice, Charlie
Drinking Wet hop IPA, Arrogant Bastard clone, ESB
Conditioning Wet hop IPA
Primary IPA, Belgian Dubbel
On Deck Kate RIS clone, Dales Pale Ale Clone, Belgian Golden Strong Ale