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Old 01-10-2010, 12:34 AM   #11
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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.
Isn't that a LWD element? Looks pretty similar to mine. Maybe I picked up the wrong thing (don't have the packaging any more), but I've never had issues - as I drink a very, very light cream ale...
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:04 AM   #12
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The wavey one is the Ultra Low, the short straight one is the High Density. It's only about 10 inches long. Some 4500 LD are of the straight variety but they are a bit longer.

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Good on ya CR, I will be interested in seeing your results.

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Very interested in how this turns out, but a quick question. Is this just to save some space or have less element to clean? I wouldn't think it would affect the heating rate. Watts is watts, right?

Edit: Ah, sorry, didn't read this was in response to another thread.

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Old 01-10-2010, 04:08 AM   #15
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You've piqued my interest for sure. The best test would be to mash a 10 gallon, but split the resulting wort in half and do a 5g batch on one element and a 5g batch on the other element. That would make for a very objective test (only one variable).

I think the ripple elements are gnarley looking, though. Kinda like them.

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You've piqued my interest for sure. The best test would be to mash a 10 gallon, but split the resulting wort in half and do a 5g batch on one element and a 5g batch on the other element. That would make for a very objective test (only one variable).

I think the ripple elements are gnarley looking, though. Kinda like them.
Yeah, it would be, problem is I have to replace the element in the middle of a batch. I usually do a few dry test runs between batches to make sure there are no leaks when I change any of the plumbing. Right now I am looking to debunk or prove that a HWD element will have a big impact or possibly ruin a brew session. Maybe do the subtle difference comparison down the road.

Let me tell you something about those wave elements. You get a good rolling boil going it will cause the wort to slosh side to side. You can tell the brew rig is shifting weight back and forth but not really rocking. The straight element hasn't done this on my test runs.
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Yes, my old ULWD RIPP element would get my entire rig rocking back and forth during the boil!

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Yes, my old ULWD RIPP element would get my entire rig rocking back and forth during the boil!
Yoop, you catch that? Might want to chock the wheels and extend the outriggers before you get started!

My BK sits flat on the ground, so I've never noticed any movement.
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Yoop, you catch that? Might want to chock the wheels and extend the outriggers before you get started!

My BK sits flat on the ground, so I've never noticed any movement.
When the brew rig is rockin' dont bother knockin'!
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Any word on this?

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