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Old 11-07-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
Nov 2008
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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?

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Old 11-07-2010, 04:54 AM   #2
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May 2010
Frederick, MD
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buy yourself some Oxyclean or PBW, should do the trick

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Old 11-07-2010, 06:54 AM   #3
Mar 2010
Ames, Iowa
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Mine clean up pretty well, just a little soap and scrubbing, six brews and still going good, not a long track record but not too bad.
I like to brew.

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Old 11-07-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
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Apr 2010
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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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. American Pale Ale 2. Michigan IPL 3. Helles 4. Kentucky Common 5.[Nitrogen] Oat Blonde
1. Oatmeal Stout 2. Oatmeal Stout 3. none 4. none 5. none 6. none
1. Brett Ale 2. none 3. none 4. none 5. none
About 28 gallons of beer & 2.5 gallons of mead
Kegged & conditioning:
Rye Barrel aged DIPA, Helles, Kentucky Common

Current batch #: 227

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Old 01-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #5
Oct 2011
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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I know, Old thread, but I have to answer this one.
Boil a little bit of water with a descaling tablet and then scrub, it works wonders.

There was some definitive off flavors in the batches I brewed with a dirty element.

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