yeah I know there's 300 threads about rust. But they all say "use an anode!" and I've got one. And it rusts too. I've verified that there's zero ohms resistance between the anode base and the element base. I've cleaned all rust off the anode and element once and still got rust the next time. What gives?
Camco magnesium anode
camco 5500w ulwd ripple element
Stainless kettle and locknuts
Water does stay in the HLT during the whole brew and cleanup, so about 5 or 6 hours. Then I drain, shopvac the rest of the water, and blowdry the kettle till its like the Sahara. I do acidify my sparge water to about pH 5.4, could that be exacerbating the rusting? Should I neutralize it with baking soda after I'm done sparging so the 5.4 water doesn't sit there for 3 hours?