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From: "1107-CD&I/VIRUS DISEASES" <henchal@wrair.ARPA>
Subject: BrewCo Boiler
Date: 1989-04-07 15:51:00 GMT

I recently bought a BrewCo Boiler. This is a mash-tun/boiler
whcih consists of a 7.5 gal plastic pail with a thermostat-
controlled heating element in the bottom. I bought it so that I
could make hassel-free all-grain beer. I assumed that the device
would come with complete instructions, but I felt there were gaps
in the information I was provided. If someone has some
experience with these boilers (or similar appliances, would they
send me some successful guidelines for its use? Specifically:

1. The manufacturers indicate that grain:water ratios as much as
4 lbs grain: 1 gal water are NOT recommended with the BrewCo
Boiler. I usually use 1 lb grain to 1 quart water. What are
good alternative grain to water ratios? 1 lb grain to 1.5
quarts? 1 lb grain to 2 quarts?

2. The manufacture also warns about scorching the grain at high
grain to water combinations, and recommend the use of a grain
bag. Is this commonly done? Does the bag/grain sit on the
element? Do I have to fit in a false bottom? Can scorching be
avoided merely by frequent stirring?

3. I notice that the boiler has a "drum tap" on the side. If I
use a grain bag and false bottom, is it possible to sparge the
grain in the mash-tun?

Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Erik A. Henchal
<Henchal@WRAIR.ARPA>

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