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MES and Smoking Sausage questions

nakom

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I have the 40 MES going, it is set to 180deg and I have 15lbs of polish sausage in it with the Amazing smoker going.  My question is there is condensation running down the inside glass like a shower.  Everything seems to be fine but wanted to make sure that was normal or should I open the top vent more? 

I have 3 temp gages in sausage going they are running 140ish right now.  Do i need to shower the sausage when it comes out?  Hi MNT doesnt say to so I was unsure.

I have learned alot during this sausage run it was my first.  I will post pictures later.

Thanks,

Nick
 

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I would open the vent all the way.

It has to let some of that humidity out.

There are only a very few occasions that my exhaust vent is not all the way open.

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Never have made my own sausage. But, would it be smoked like bacon w/ no water pan???
 

nakom

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Thanks Bear, I am opening it now.  Eman, I did not put a water pan in sorry I forgot to mention that.
 

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Thanks Bear, I am opening it now.  Eman, I did not put a water pan in sorry I forgot to mention that.
You should always put your pan in your MES, even if it is empty.

Don't forget to wrap it good with foil first, and your drip pan in the bottom.

If it's too late, clean it as soon as you can, and start covering it next time---You'll thank me later.

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Thank You Bear....OH, You Meant Nick!!!

Nick,

Lots of moisture comes out when you make sausage or sticks, and Bear's right, open the vent up to let the moisture out.

Just think of the extra water you added when you made the sausage?

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Now you should have the top vents open most of the time anyway. You don't want to have the smoke spending too much time in the smoker. You want it to swirl around and get out of the smoker.
 

nakom

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Thanks everyone for the information.  The sausage turned out ok, I used a kit from Hi MNT and used Venison and Pork.  There is a spice in it I am not fond of and I believe it is coriander.  It is still good sausage and the wife likes it so all is good.  For my first attempt I learned alot about making sausage.  I will post a Qview when I get the pictures off the camera.

Thanks Again,

Nick
 

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