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Old 10-29-2013, 07:10 PM   #31
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You guys wash your kettles? What? All that stuff boils out.

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Old 10-30-2013, 01:14 AM   #32
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:52 AM   #33
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I only use a soft sponge and cold water to wash the element. Everything wipes off easily. No detergent or cleaner needed. About 5 mins of work.

About once a year I put a scoop of oxiclean in and bring to 180-190F for 30 mins to get looking brand new and sparkly (for no other reason that I like things to look new and sparkly). Here's the first batch of beer after after I did that sort of cleaning:



The element at this point had seen about 60 10-gallon batches.

The only exception was the one time I used liquid hop extract (like a thick syrup). That stuff left a sticky tar-like substance all over the inside of the kettle and I spent a good 60-80 mins and 2/3 of a bottle of oxiclean spray getting everything clean. What a pain, but the Pliny the Younger clone was worth it.

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Old 10-31-2013, 10:29 PM   #34
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Hmmm. So this campfire taste - could it be described as a slightly bitter watery/metallic taste? I've done 5+ 15 gallon batches of lager with an ULWD Camco 1500 watt RIMS tube. Then I put a batch of pumpkin wheat through it and since then my house Lager has an off taste as described earlier... I pulled the element and it had stuff burnt on - not too much but it was there.

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No, he means like sucking on an ashtray. It's not subtle.

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I've had this occur in 2 of my beers. I keep thinking it is the red malted wheat. Or I think I am either mashing too thick or spargeing too hot but can't be sure yet as it's only occured the 2 times, each sporadic, yet both were essentially the same mash/sparge quantities and temperatures.
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Best way to describe the flavor IMHO. I scorched an element being all willy nilly with pumpkin.
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Does anyone else's kettle look like mine does?

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Yup. Mine often looks similar. Sometimes I scrub a bit more to get the buildup off the stainless. I usually always want to keep the element clean.

Once a year or so I boil a scoopful of oxyclean powder in there and it gets everything sparkly.

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Awesome. Thanks Kal!

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