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Old 06-22-2011, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default Why is my element base rusting?

And what can be done about it? It's in my hlt, and has only ever had water in it. It is drained and wiped clean after every use.




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Old 06-22-2011, 11:19 PM   #2
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Mine does the same thing. I just don't care

Some folks smear clear silicone on it.

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Old 06-22-2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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Mine does the same thing. I just don't care

Some folks smear clear silicone on it.

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Your not worried about rust in your brewing water? I kinda am.

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Old 06-22-2011, 11:26 PM   #4
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Some people have put sacrificial anodes, aluminum or magnesium/zinc (not sure which is best) in the kettle to prevent the rusting, just like in a water heater. For my RIMS I coated it with Silicone. Haven't had the issue yet with my BK, but now I am going to check it closely.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:31 PM   #5
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Your not worried about rust in your brewing water? I kinda am._
Not at all. A little extra iron never hurt anyone

The way I look at it is all of the loose rust is cleaned off before I fill the HLT with 15+ gallons of water. The amount of iron actually dissolved into the water will be negligible.

It hasn't affected the flavor of my brews as far as I can tell, either. I've done everything from a 2SRM ginger ale to an Imperial Porter on this system.

YMMV, of course

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The boil kettle element base is black, it appears to be clean, but definitely black. Better than rusty imo. I may have to boil a batch in the hlt.

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you can install a RV magensium anode.

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11553-Ma.../dp/B000701HEQ


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