So I am 4 batches in using my e-kettle and my element has a pretty nice layer of blackened crud on it. I clean it off every time with some dish soap and an abrasive pad but I have yet to really dig into it and try to peal all of the blackened bits off. Does everyone else clean their element until it shines or does a little bit of a blackened coating not hurt?
I use the black incoloy ripp elements. I've only brewed twice so far with my new system, but after a hot PBW soak, they look new. No scrubbing. We'll see how they keep up with each new batch.
__________________ On tap:
1. Pale Ale 2. IPA 3. Brown Ale 4. German Pils 5.[Nitrogen] Dry Stout Primary:
1.Pale 2. Pale 3. Altbier 4. Altbier 5. Imperial Stout 6. Imperial Stout Secondary:
1. Brett Ale 2. Thimbleberry Lambic x2 3. none 4. none Bottled:
About 52 gallons of beer & 6.5 gallons of mead Kegged & conditioning:
Belgian Dubbel x2, Brown Ale, Dry Stout x2, Imperial Oatmeal Espresso Stout x2