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Old 12-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #21
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I always keep my "element" clean.
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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.
I feel like I clean it rigorously and its impossible to get it fully clean. I'm going to try some of the earlier methods mentioned and see what happens...
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:28 PM   #22
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Every once in awhile I hit my kettles elements hop stop screen & all with a pressure washer.

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Old 12-06-2012, 01:56 AM   #23
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I soak my elements in a solution of hot PBW. I then scrub with a 3M green scrubbie. After a 30-60 min soak, the proteinaceous crud comes off quite easily with the green scrubbie. If you don't get it all off, during the next batch it will get burnt onto the element and then it becomes very difficult to get off.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:26 AM   #24
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Sometimes I will boil some oxi-clean for 10 or 15 mins and then hit it with a scotch brite sponge. I'm using a stainless steel element 6kw

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:26 AM   #25
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PBW soak and a toothbrush.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:41 AM   #26
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Yours looks awful. I have the same standard element but never scorching like that. I just scrub mine with a scotch brite pad after the boil and it's back to shiny copper. I wonder what's the difference?

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Yeah I've been soaking for 20 hours now and only about 30% has come off with hard scrubbing. I just ordered the ripple element that kal uses for the electric brewery.

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Old 12-08-2012, 08:36 PM   #28
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Yeah I've been soaking for 20 hours now and only about 30% has come off with hard scrubbing. I just ordered the ripple element that kal uses for the electric brewery.
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Try this:
Line the bottom of the pot with plastic or plastic wrap. Liberally spray the
element with extra stong oven cleaner (might want to wear a respirator).

Fold the plastic wrap up over and tight against the element. Let sit for 24-hours. Remove plastic wrap, scrub while remaining oven cleaner is still coating element. Rinse, repeat as necessary.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:06 PM   #29
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I run a smaller carboy brush through the ripples while it's soaking in PBW.

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:17 PM   #30
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Okay, here's my BK element after a scotch brite/BKF post-boil scrub. It's shiny copper with about 1 minute scrubbing. This is a 4500W element usually run wide open for a 10gallon batch:

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