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Old 01-14-2014, 02:02 AM   #1
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Thinking of possibilities for an electric setup. I wanted to take a tally on your experiences with heating elements. What is the maximum watt per inch you have used in your bk without scorching. Please specify boil gravities. Thanks


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Old 01-14-2014, 11:37 AM   #2
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I have used high density 2000w 120v elements for years and only scorched one batch due to a paused boil whereby the trub settled and scorched.

Scorching has more to do with the trub than wort gravity, as I believe it is the protein that burns, not the sugar.


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I've had problems with 120 volt 1500 watt high-density elements.the first heat stick I built had two elements on one stick.separate circuits of course. they both came out dirty and added a dimension of burnt roasty flavors to the wort
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I use 2x 2200W stainless steel kettle style elements, similar to the image. Never had a problem with scorching.

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Old 01-14-2014, 01:06 PM   #5
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I use the ultra low density heat element and I have started with darker beers and worked my way lighter although I will be brewing a cream ale this week to see if J get any scorching with the lightest stuff but I doubt it.... the ultra low density is best for this kind of thing if you can swing it.
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Originally Posted by augiedoggy
the ultra low density is best for this kind of thing if you can swing it.
While I agree, there are reports of scorching with ULWD elements when large amounts of wheat are in the grist.

IMO best to give a few stirs while going from mash to boil to keep the proteins in suspension.


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