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Old 11-07-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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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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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.

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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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