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Figured out my problem.
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:08:17 PM »
  My two brews on my new electric system gave me a pretty big issue with hitting my strike temperature. I've been missing my mash temp by a good 10*. But, being the pantless brewer that I am, I just went with it. Used to be when I brewed with propane I would heat my strike water 6* over my target temp, take a gallon container and dip it in my kettle and pour it into my mash tun. The way my electric system is set up I cannot get a pitcher in it so I have to open the valve and run water into the pitcher. Typically, I strike around 3.5 to 4 gallons. When I get down to 3 gallons the element shuts of, and a 2 gallons I have to tip the kettle to get the rest of thew water out. Between all that mess it turns out I am about 12* lower than my strike temp. So, say my strike temp is 162*, I would add 6* for thermal mass and strike 168*. Worked like a dream on propane every time. So, I transfer that over to my electric system. I hit 168* and by the time it all makes its way to the mash tun, I'm actually at 154*, then add the grain and I'm way down there.
    So, the lesson I learned is that is I need 3.5 gallon of 168* I need to heat 7 gallons to 172*. This will give me my temp, and the element will stay on. Also, then I replace the volume I used to strike, and by the time the sach rest is done, my 7 gallons is up to 180* to sparge.
   Needless to say, I just ordered a pump.  ::)
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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2017, 04:47:01 PM »
Good on ya!  But you also illustrate why I've used the same equipment for almost 20 years!
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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2017, 08:26:07 PM »
Tip of the day:  Hold the Alt key down and type 248 to get the ° sign.   :D

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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 08:52:53 PM »
Good on ya!  But you also illustrate why I've used the same equipment for almost 20 years!

I thought you moved to Zimatic or Pico or some other automated system. Glad to hear you're still old school. I still have my 1992 enamel brew kettle and stir spoon but that's about it. I move to a new cooler and SS kettle.


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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 09:59:14 PM »
Good on ya!  But you also illustrate why I've used the same equipment for almost 20 years!

I thought you moved to Zimatic or Pico or some other automated system. Glad to hear you're still old school. I still have my 1992 enamel brew kettle and stir spoon but that's about it. I move to a new cooler and SS kettle.


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I still use my various cooler systems along with a Zymatic, a Pico and a Grainfather.  Depends on what I feel like.
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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2017, 01:02:42 PM »
Good on ya!  But you also illustrate why I've used the same equipment for almost 20 years!

You should know me by now. I can't leave well enough alone. And, I figured since I was starting over anyways, why not.
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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2017, 02:26:48 PM »
Good on ya!  But you also illustrate why I've used the same equipment for almost 20 years!

You should know me by now. I can't leave well enough alone. And, I figured since I was starting over anyways, why not.

Oh, I KNOW how you are!  :)
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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2017, 11:57:41 PM »
Tip of the day:  Hold the Alt key down and type 248 to get the ° sign.   :D
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Re: Figured out my problem.
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2017, 02:49:13 AM »
Tip of the day:  Hold the Alt key down and type 248 to get the ° sign.   :D
Funny, on my laptop it's alt 0176

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