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Old 04-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #1
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I pulled it out today after I don't know how many batches. Surprisingly, it was still working!

What's weird is I always run pbw and saniclean through it for about an hour after each brew.

It looks to be rectorseal and caramelized sugars all over the element.


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Old 04-05-2011, 11:15 PM   #2
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hmmm, i guess thats why people prefer tri-clamp rims tubes...easy to dissemble and clean after each use. Personally, thats why I prefer herms over rims...

I bet a good soak and scrub will bring it back



 
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:24 PM   #3
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I've always liked the name "rectorseal".

 
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:10 AM   #4
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Oh, I'd prefer a tri-clamp tube. But not until I "need" to upgrade the current tube. But yes, a hot oxyclean soak took off all the crud. That is what didn't just flake off anyways.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:10 PM   #5
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Thats a similar reason why I don't have a plate chiller. I can only imagine what one would look like if cut apart after many batches.

 
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:15 PM   #6
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I dunno. I imagine the plate chiller looks like the inside of the rims tube itself. My tube was pristine except for the element itself. Shouldn't be much caramelizing going on in a plate chiller.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:16 PM   #7
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Acid wash after each batch and my elemnt and chiller are as clean as the day they shipped.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:30 PM   #8
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I dunno. I imagine the plate chiller looks like the inside of the rims tube itself. My tube was pristine except for the element itself. Shouldn't be much caramelizing going on in a plate chiller.
I was thinking about old dried up hops that are stuck to the plates and corners.

 
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:32 PM   #9
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I was thinking about old dried up hops that are stuck to the plates and corners.
Oh, well, backflushing, pbw and acid takes care of that. I am pretty sure that all caked up when I neglected to turn off the element when I turned the pump off.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:07 AM   #10
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Acid wash after each batch and my elemnt and chiller are as clean as the day they shipped.
Specifically what acid? Im trying to prevent the gunk with as little work as possible.


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