Loopie, yes, I should have stopped at 150 on the way up to see if I could hold that temp.
Since asking the questios, I have seen a couple utube boils where the water was roiling like mad. Not sure I can do that. I'll try again in the next couple days.
Also, I plan to call the hell fire folks on what to expect and if I'm doing something wrong.
Sneezles61, good idea with the blanket. If and when I go all grain I'll use a cooler tun with 'maybe' a single pass draining; no spurge water. Still mulling that around.
I think my extract is arriving today from NB. It's about time I make some beer.