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Worried Wort

Postby david79thomas » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:48 am

I'm worried about scorching wort. I have a 20 gal mash tun and 30 gal boil kettle. What's the best way to keep constant temperature for mashing? Direct fire under mash tun just enough (simmer-low heat) to maintain temp using a pump to recirculate? Or a heat exchanger without direct fire? Or something else maybe?
Also the boil kettle, am I going to scorch there too with a blazing banjo burner trying to boil 15-20 gal of wort quickly?
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Postby redtail28 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:34 pm

Man have a homebrew. In you mash tun
you will need a false bottom that should give
you about a gallon or so of dead space.
The false bottom will keep the grain off the bottom
keeping it from scorching. You can go either way
direct fire or heat exchanger and yes you will
need a pump. I have a herms system the only time
I have trouble changing temps is when i grind my
grains to fine. I do 10 gallon batchs with a 10 inch
banjo burner it works great again no problems
of scorching.
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Postby aleguy » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:51 pm

I'm pretty sure you have a 14-inch banjo on your kettle, Redtail. Anyway, maintaining temperature in the mash tun is simplest with an automated system whether RIMS or HERMS. No chance of scorching with a HERMS, but you do have to consider that step mashes are harder and take much longer. Whatever you do, you won't want to run any burner full-on under your mash tun or your kettle. Even the smaller burners can be made to caramelize wort if they are set up a certain way. The best thing is to just allow for most of a whole day to brew, invites some friends over (ooh, me, pick me, pick me) :D :wink: to have some beers and fire up the pit. Make a day of it and have fun.
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Postby redtail28 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:56 pm

My wife say that size doesnt matter :D
but only when it comes to burners :oops:
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