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CodeRage 01-09-2010 06:59 AM

F the BS! HD 5500 BK element Myth Busting
 
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So, another thread had brought up the high density high wattage elements may cause scorching. Well, I was at home depot and found a 5500W HD element for $13. I figured screw it, let's try it.

So, I replaced my 4500 ULWD element with it. Testing the system for leaks now. What I can tell you is this thing is much louder than my old element and heats pretty damn fast. 6.75 gallons from 100 to boiling just at a half hour.

Back to the experiment. I think I am going to brew a batch of Ed's Pale Ale and see how it turns out.

attached is the 4.5kW element next to the 5.5kW element and a pic of the 5.5kW installed. I kind of like the smaller one, the ULWD just touched my pick up at the bottom of the BK.


CodeRage 01-09-2010 06:59 AM

F the BS! HD 5500 BK element Myth Busting
 
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So, another thread had brought up the high density high wattage elements may cause scorching. Well, I was at home depot and found a 5500W HD element for $13. I figured screw it, let's try it.

So, I replaced my 4500 ULWD element with it. Testing the system for leaks now. What I can tell you is this thing is much louder than my old element and heats pretty damn fast. 6.75 gallons from 100 to boiling just at a half hour.

Back to the experiment. I think I am going to brew a batch of Ed's Pale Ale and see how it turns out.

attached is the 4.5kW element next to the 5.5kW element and a pic of the 5.5kW installed. I kind of like the smaller one, the ULWD just touched my pick up at the bottom of the BK.


CodeRage 01-21-2010 03:40 AM

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Well, I think one week is really too soon to tell anything. I normally don't taste my beers at the one week mark. They usually go into a secondary and forgotten for 2 to 4 weeks.

My first impression is a very light slightly sweet caramel head followed by a punch of toast and biscuit and dry mouth feel with a touch of hop bitterness.
As far as color, well the turbidity throws it off a bit but it is a nice straw color, maybe a touch more on the orange side but it probably is too soon to tell.

Excuse my camera, it sucks...


So doing a bit of reading, when extract brewers have dumped L/DME in to the kettle and scorched the bottom, no one has reported a 'burnt' taste. In fact from what I can tell they all turned out to be fair brews. Though in these cases a slightly sweet beer may be expected because the scorching has created some unfermentable sugars. I don't believe I am experiencing this at all.

I used BMW's Recipe for Ed's Pale Ale if it make a difference.



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