Originally Posted by Setesh
I'm sure it does make cleaning a lot easier. I am concerned because I am running a bayou burner right now and I don't think I can manage the HLT temps well enough to continue recirculating wort through the coil all the time. If the pump shuts off the wort in the coil could get hot enough to denature the enzymes. That seems like a bad idea, no?
Yup. I don't like the idea of controlling the pump. I like to recirc the mash 100% of the time and heat the HLT to the target temp and have the mash heat up. There's zero danger this way.
Easier on the pumps too. I don't really like the idea of the process controlling pumps. To me it makes more sense to recirc constantly to even out the temps than to control pumps.
The other benefit with constant recirc is that you're constantly vorlaufing resulting in a crystal clear sweet wort and your have much more consistent temperature throughout the mash.
The temp of the wort exiting my HERMS coil matches the temp of the HLT water so when I heat the limiting factor is how much heat/power I'm putting into the HLT water, not the recirc speed.
I'm looking very seriously into buying one of your 50A 20Gal back to back kits Kal. That would solve the problem nicely! Are you planning on having any Christmas sales?
Nope. Possibly the opposite however (as pricing hasn't changed in ~2 years and parts keep going up in price).
You guys bring up a good point about denaturing by overheating the wort, and it has me thinking: What about a RIMs tube? Mash wort is usually recirculated through the RIMS tube and the wort is probably always overheated past the target mash temp. Wouldn't that be a problem with RIMs? I imagine most RIMs setups control the RIMS element by measuring the mash temp?