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Researching a Berliner weisse and have decided that I will be doing a kettle sour.

Lactobacillus likes to be around 45°C from what I have read so far. Currently my thinking is to transfer the kettle onto a hotplate like this, connected to a temperature probe in order to keep a consistent temp.

Would there be any issue with keeping the wort on a direct heat source for a sustained period? Any other issues with this proposal?

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Wort

It will be good, if you will have a good way to stir. In 30 liters I found temperature differences of more than 20°C to be possible, and ones around 5-10°C to be pretty common. So make sure some kind of automatic stir is there, or heat really, really slowly.

Safety

Be sure to use system that, if probe is short circuited or missing, switches off heating and preferably causes sound alarm. If possible, use driver that allows for three probes, and place additional ones on exterior of your kettle and on the plate's chassis. Have fire extinguisher nearby, a lot of liquid and long term electricity heating are sparking, fiery kind of friends. Never leave it without someone aware what's happening in alarm's distance.

Alternative

What I would do would be to heat it to 45°C, stirring, and then just wrap it in all the blankets I have at home. This would keep wort in acceptable temperature for up to 10 hours. Not optimal temp, but acceptable one. Long enough time to sleep or go to work. Then, I would reheat and stir manually, every few hours when I'm at home. Sure, less precise. Sure, more work. But also far less chance for accidental boil, fire, leaving it cold unnoticed and so on.

  • I'll be using a STC1000, I would not expect any stability issues with it. – Mild Fuzz Apr 25 '16 at 18:32
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    @MildFuzz it does have alarm. That's good. But isn't it only 10A? And your hot plate is 1500W / 110V ≈ 14A = will burn your controller if someone will turn dial to the max. Do not do it. Use controller rated about 10% higher than device you want to control on it's maximum setting. – Mołot Apr 25 '16 at 18:40
  • Ahh, good point. – Mild Fuzz Apr 25 '16 at 18:41

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