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Old 07-07-2012, 12:09 PM   #11
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Odd, I've never had any of this. I think I've made a lot of different types of beer.

I have a 5500W ULWD "ripple" element in my BK. I don't do any cleaning other than hosing it after use. It gets 100% power until the boil, then about 75% duty.

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Old 07-07-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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Yes, I agree that it is the worts w/ greater percentages of protein that are the most problematic. I also guess that simply stirring the wort a few times while approaching boil might resuspend the trub enpough to alleiviate the issue. What I think bit my ass is the fact that I allowed the trub to settle around the element, and then refired the kettle without stirring.

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:08 PM   #13
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Dumped 15 gallons

Noticeable burnt flavor...drinkable but would have made me nuts...the lost malt and hops I can handle, but all the wasted labor...I learned the downside of larger batch brewing but learned a lesson all the same.

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Old 07-15-2012, 03:30 AM   #14
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I noticed that there is a very fine coating on the 2000w HWD elements I got from home depot. I used to scrub them with a green scrubbie after each batch. One day, I saw copper...next brew was a Rye IPA...elements scorched and couldnt be cleaned-beer was fine. Next elements I installed were still 2000w HWD, but I only clean them with a plastic bristled brush now. I also mounted the new elements rotated 90 degrees from how they are in this pic which makes them much easier to clean. Mounted like this, I had no idea what was on the bottom after a brew.

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:02 PM   #15
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I just got ready to start a brew and i noticed "flaking" on my element. I tried to chip off as much as possible but only 1/3 came off. 30 Min PBW boil of 5 gallons just cleaned the kettle. Have 7 Gallon PhosAcid boiling right now hoping to get it all off.

Had a late brew night Friday and didn't clean as well as i should. Not sure if its left over crud from a previous brew that got baked on Friday.

May have to eat a new element.

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