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Old 03-02-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default Heating Element "Gunk"?

When I do a boil with my heatsticks, they end up with "gunk" on them. This is a greyish-white coating. It is easy to clean off with a green scrub pad. The gunk has no taste, it is not sweet at all. I have noticed no scorched or carmelized tastes, even in light beers.

Has anybody else seen this?

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Old 03-02-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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I've never seen this, but I wonder if the protein is sticking to the heat sticks once it separates in the boil?

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Old 03-02-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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i have seen this in mine before as well. i just dont worry about it. i know they are not scorching. just clean them when you are finished boiling. no problem.

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Old 03-02-2010, 06:55 PM   #4
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Scrape it off and spread it on toast.

Or you can just do an Oxy & clear water soak & boil to clean things up.

But, you will be missing out big time on a real taste sensation.

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Old 03-03-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
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Has anybody else seen this?
Yes, always, I just wash it off. I thought it might be minerals?? If allowed to dry it is kind of chalky.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:42 AM   #6
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I have noticed it as well with my heat stick. I think it looks like protein from the hot break. Not concerned with it though as it cleans off easily.

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Yeah, I was thinking cooked trub, too. Probably would make good dog food.

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