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Old 11-14-2014, 01:05 AM   #61
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ok so I pulled my cartridge rims apart today and found a completely charred 1" area at the base which must have added some off flavors to my last couple beers which are fermenting... the rest of the element was clean (I ran pbw through it between brews.)
just bought a third element, a longer 17.5 inch long 750w element with a built in thermocouple I may try to utilize somehow.
from now on I'm pulling it apart (camlocks) and cleaning it between each brew session.

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Old 11-14-2014, 07:04 PM   #62
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ok so I pulled my cartridge rims apart today and found a completely charred 1" area at the base which must have added some off flavors to my last couple beers which are fermenting... the rest of the element was clean (I ran pbw through it between brews.)
just bought a third element, a longer 17.5 inch long 750w element with a built in thermocouple I may try to utilize somehow.
from now on I'm pulling it apart (camlocks) and cleaning it between each brew session.
Is this the element that was giving a lower than expected heating when you tried it? Maybe it's partially shorted internally near the base and is dumping all the heat there.
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:35 PM   #63
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Is this the element that was giving a lower than expected heating when you tried it? Maybe it's partially shorted internally near the base and is dumping all the heat there.
yes...could have been but honestly the dead space without flow likely caused it.
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