Q: is the control housing waterproof if it drops into water?
A: the housing is sealed but can not confirm it is completely waterpoof around the dial to give a 100% guarantee
Q: Will this item work in a mash tun for maintaining temperature? I'm concerned about it being mixed in with the grains during the mashing period. Thanks
A: The element can be used for heating wort or within a mash so long as there is a good grain to water ratio. The grains resting on the element may lead to some scorching if there is not enough fluid surrunding the element
Q: Can this be mounted into a kettle through the wall? It looks like it has threads on it like a standard element would. If so does it come with the 1" lock ring?
A: The thread on the product is used to mount the element into the plastic housing. The manufacturer does not recommend using this to mount through a 1" thread opening as the thread would fit but the connection would not be designed to hold up. It does not come with a 1" nut
Q: Does the element portion of the heater need to be completely submerged in water or can a small portion be exposed to air?
A: While it wouldn't hurt the element to have a small portion out of the water, The element would need to be submerged to get the proper heating and efficiency out of the product
Q: Could this be used to run moonshine for instance can it be put in a boiler and used the heat up and run the mash through a still?
A: The heater has a temperature range of 100-195 on the high end, The amount of sugar or dissolved solids in the liquid will vary how effective the heater is at coming to a rolling boil.
While this could be used to heat a wash to the proper temp for evaporation, you would still need to check local authorities on the legality of distillation in your area.
Q: Roughly, how long would this take to bring 5 gallons up to strike temps?
A: Depending on the ambient temperature of the room, it would take approximately 35-45 minutes to bring 55 f to 170-180 f. Thanks for the question!
Q: What size thread is it . (?)
What power is needed to run the element volt, watts, amps. (?)
A: This is 1" MPT, 120/60V, 1800 watts
Q: Can this be used to increase the mash temp for a stepped mash versus adding more water?
A: We don't suggest using this in your mash tun as it will possibly scorch grains and wort. It can be used if placed in a vessel outside of the mash tun that is being constantly recirculated with a pump. This would be similar to a RIMS setup.
Q: Does this heater maintain a set temperature in the strike / sparge water?
A: Built-in infinite control module allows for a precise mashing temperature. For sparging and mashing only.
Q: What voltage for the heater, and cod length?
A: The voltage is 120/60v, and the cord length is 4 feet.
Q: What is the fitting? How many Watts?
A: This heater is 1800 watts. This probe actually is not made to be inserted into the wall of the kettle, you actually just hang this over the side of your kettle. There is a flange on the black body of the probe which will allow you to hang it over the lip.