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Old 01-22-2010, 04:00 AM   #601
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Pol - did you every try changing the cycle time. Noticed in the manual it says to stay with 2 for a SSR. Just curious -

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Yes, somewhere on HBT here I have the exact settings that I used. Though I have no idea where. I used a 1 sec. cycle
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Yes, somewhere on HBT here I have the exact settings that I used. Though I have no idea where. I used a 1 sec. cycle
Still searching...

Has to be here somewhere...
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Old 01-22-2010, 12:14 PM   #604
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Yeah, some guy wanted them... and I sold the rig, so I cant go look at the PID now
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2 seconds. Others report success with less, but I verified wacky, unpredictable operation at less than 2.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:45 PM   #606
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Default About cleaning the electric brew kettle:

Pol:
About cleaning the kettle:
I would imagine after initially scrubbing the pot down, that a clear water boil and a Star San soak with enough Star San to get the liquid level a few inches above the heating elements. Maybe repeat the same process on brew day just to be sure.

What do you do?

Have you found any negatives with brewing electrically?

Dirt, caking, element failure, bugs hiding in the small places of the thread and gasket seals around the elements?

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Default About cleaning the electric brew kettle:

Pol:
About cleaning the kettle:
I would imagine after initially scrubbing the pot down, that a clear water boil and a Star San soak with enough Star San to get the liquid level a few inches above the heating elements. Maybe repeat the same process on brew day just to be sure.

What do you do?

Have you found any negatives with brewing electrically?

Dirt, caking, element failure, bugs hiding in the small places of the thread and gasket seals around the elements?

Additionally:
Using the Ultra Low Watt Density elements do you notice that you get darker beer from more caramelizing?

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Pol:
About cleaning the kettle:
I would imagine after initially scrubbing the pot down, that a clear water boil and a Star San soak with enough Star San to get the liquid level a few inches above the heating elements. Maybe repeat the same process on brew day just to be sure.

What do you do?

Have you found any negatives with brewing electrically?

Dirt, caking, element failure, bugs hiding in the small places of the thread and gasket seals around the elements?

Additionally:
Using the Ultra Low Watt Density elements do you notice that you get darker beer from more caramelizing?
Cleaning the kettle and plumbing, easy.

Starts with a "warm" 5 gallon water volume and a brush to knock the majority of the hop junk off etc. Then I pump it dry. Then I load 5 more gallons of water in, 1oz of Oxi Clean and heat to 150F and let the pump recirculate it through the plumbing. The PID maintains that temp... I come back a few hours later. Drain, it is done.

No bugs, really pretty simple. I liked the adjustable pick-up tube for the CIP
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You don't rinse afterwards? I rinse out the kettle, fill with enough water to cover the element, add oxy and heat/recirc for 10 minutes. Then I dump it all, rinse the kettle, fill with hot water and pump that through everything to push out the oxy solution.

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Well, I do rinse.

Forgot, I have to be very detailed.

I rinse with a Star San solution afterward (some things didnt completely drain) and I thought it may help keep critters from growing.

The new rig, not sure how I am going to clean it yet, but I know I wont be carrying the kettle, that I do know.

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