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Old 11-07-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default What does your element look like?

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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buy yourself some Oxyclean or PBW, should do the trick

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Old 11-07-2010, 06:54 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
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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. none 2. German "Zehner" Pils 3. Jalapeno Cream Ale 4. IPA 5.[Nitrogen] Dry Stout
1. ESB 2. ESB 3. Ger Pils 4. Ger Pils 5. none 6. none
1. Brett Ale 2. Thimbleberry Lambic 3. Thimbleberry Lambic 4. none 5. none
About 18 gallons of beer & 3 gallons of mead
Kegged & conditioning:
IPA, Ger Pils, Imperial Oatmeal Espresso Stout x2
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #5
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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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