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Old 02-03-2014, 03:58 AM   #21
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Surprised to hear you had such problems with HD elements, I have been using them for years and have only scorched once through my own fault...I let all the trub settle preboil then had a trub BBQ...ouch

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No settling involved. the elements looked good initially (15 min in), but by the end of the boil they had a quarter inch of material burnt onto them. The beer was undrinkable due to the bitter burnt flavors. It did age out a bit, but I still only drink them for the alcohol and not so much the flavor (like after a couple good beers).

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It was a 1.040 wort after boil with only an ounce of pellets. The elements were from two different manufacturers and they both scorched, one was worse than the other.

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Old 02-03-2014, 10:16 PM   #23
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No settling involved. the elements looked good initially (15 min in), but by the end of the boil they had a quarter inch of material burnt onto them. The beer was undrinkable due to the bitter burnt flavors. It did age out a bit, but I still only drink them for the alcohol and not so much the flavor (like after a couple good beers).

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It was a 1.040 wort after boil with only an ounce of pellets. The elements were from two different manufacturers and they both scorched, one was worse than the other.

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Thanks for the information, were the elements caked with a white or black debris? My burnt batch tasted very burnt, i fermented it and upon tasting I tossed it out and cut my losses.

How long a boil?
BIAB or MT?
Curious if your wort had a ton of trub or not? I've also heard seldom reports of scorching with ULWD elements, but it is rare as well.

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Old 02-03-2014, 10:35 PM   #24
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It was black. I removed what I could while it was wet, but ended up using a ss scruby to clean the elements. I use a three vessel system most of the time now, but this one was an extract with steeped specialty grains. Was short on time that week. The recipe was for a bitter.

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