Heated mash tub as FV?

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Heated mash tub as FV?

Postby new-tobrew » Tue Jan 22, 2019 21:36

Just wondering if there’s any reason why a mash bucket with an element and airlock attaches to an inkbird shouldn’t/couldn’t be used to keep the temp up on a brew in an outhouse during the colder weather?
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Re: Heated mash tub as FV?

Postby vacant » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:01

What sort of element are you thinking of? I think even an aquarium heater would heat the wort in contact with it too much and given prolonged cold weather, all the beer will eventually circulate and could be affected.

I have a tube heater sitting next to the FV in my fermenting fridge but it would provide enough heat in cold weather using any old box, insulated or not.

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Re: Heated mash tub as FV?

Postby new-tobrew » Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:41

I was thinking of using a spare mash tub that I have but thought the same as you, that the element would cause issues.
I’m expecting with a heat pad and inkbird and FV wrapped in hot water cylinder jacket at the moment and so far it’s holding temp. Fingers crossed!
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Re: Heated mash tub as FV?

Postby Oldstunty » Wed Jan 23, 2019 21:32

I use a builders trug. Put the fv in it and fill the trug with water. An aquarium heater plonked in the water keeps it at a steady temp. I just put blankets over the top to keep any crud out.

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