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Old 01-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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Brew day went well, everything works as planned! On my old RIMS element - a 4500w foldback running on 110V - the caramelized sugars wouldn't adhere to it and "Season" onto the burner.

The new element - a 2000W LWD running at 240 - had a hard candy-like crust build-up on it which wouldn't come off with my scotch-brite pad that I use to clean up.

I didnt notice any burnt smells in the wort or it being any darker than normal - Is this "seasoning" on the element ok?

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What's the watt density? Most try to use ULWD to avoid scorching. Sounds like the new element may be a standard high watt density.

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I use the same element that you have. Sometimes certain mashes will do that. I use a brass brush mounted in a drill and it all comes off.

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what's the watt density? Most try to use ulwd to avoid scorching. Sounds like the new element may be a standard high watt density.
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I use the same element that you have. Sometimes certain mashes will do that. I use a brass brush mounted in a drill and it all comes off.
This was a weisse bier wort - which tend to gunk up the RIMS tube quite a bit anyway. Thanks for the tip! I don't think it scorched, just "Seasoned" the element.
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