Step mashing performance?
Hello, I'm in the planning stages of building my control panel, I have been brewing at a friend's home setup for a couple years, a relatively simple setup using a cooler as the mash tun, recently we've started doing step mashes.
Looking ahead to my brewery that I hope to have running by the end of Jan - 3 kettle system - for those doing step mashes how long does it take to raise the temp between steps? I've been doing a fair bit of online reading on the topic and it seems there's a lot of opinions...
It all depends on your setup and how much heat you are losing. There are many factors; like recirculation speed, kettle size, volume, … It takes about 30 minutes to rise my mash (15 gal) from 154F to 168F. I don’t do any step mashing, just mash out.
You can insulate the mash tun and HLT so you lose less heat.