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Old 12-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #11
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I cut a Scotch bright pad into a 1 - 1.5" strip and use a flossing like action to hit all the sides. This works well as long as the stuff isn't left to dry on.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:41 PM   #12
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Sponge and hot water right after draining kettle. I have seen build up like that twice in my kettle....each time the result was a batch of beer that tasted like somebody dumped an ashtray in the keg. It happened with the same element you are using. I pulled the element and scraped it with a putty knife to clean it the first time, after the second batch of ashtray beer I threw it away and installed the ripple type element. Never had any build up again and only takes a wipe with the sponge to make it look brand new.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:50 PM   #13
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What does the ripple do?

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:55 PM   #14
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My best guess is that even though both the ripple element and the straight folded element are rated ULWD, the additional length/surface area of the ripple makes it even "more" ULWD and much less prone to surface temps that would scortch the wort and create a burnt build up on the element?

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #15
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I'm surprised your elements get that black without burning up. I lost my element last month cause I thought it could boil 1 gallon with additional flame burner and it didn't even look that black (1500w though).

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:29 PM   #16
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I scrub mine with hot water, soap and a sponge after ever brew session, but after a few it gets gunked up a bit. Doubly so if I boil something high in sugar, I did a NA ginger beer and it turned my usually black incoly element brown...gross.

I've found a REALLY good scrubbing with a course sponge does the trick, really got to get in between the element lengths and stuff. I've also taken light sanding paper to it when it's bone dry and that helps.

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:39 PM   #17
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My best guess is that even though both the ripple element and the straight folded element are rated ULWD, the additional length/surface area of the ripple makes it even "more" ULWD and much less prone to surface temps that would scortch the wort and create a burnt build up on the element?
this is very interesting. does anyone else have any backup on the ripple element not having the problem?
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:40 PM   #18
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I always keep my "element" clean.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #19
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If you don't completely clean the element after each batch, you will get burnt residue on the element. I have had it happen on incoloy elements both LWD and ULWD (ripple). I have not used the elements described by the OP.

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:15 PM   #20
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I always keep my "element" clean.
SWMBO cleans mine regularly....
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