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Old 09-19-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Warning..... Amarillo IPA vs the Microwave. Amarillo wins...

Needed to vent about this one..

So we're brewing up a couple 1 gal batches this past Friday for a hop experiment, I currently brew everything in the house on our stove, our massive Maytag Microwave is mounted above it and houses a hood range below with a fan, light, etc... Commonly I always run the fan while brewing to keep condensation and heat down as much as possible.

So we're about 45minutes into the boil, 2 pots going at once so condensation is a little bit heavy around the stove. My buddy decides he's hungry and tosses a couple slices of pizza in the microwave and starts it up while I'm using the bathroom. Mind I NEVER use the microwave while brewing, just the fan and light.

Even from the bathroom I heard the noise - BZZZZZZRrrrrZZZZZZ ZZZzz ZZZ

I come flying back into the kitchen and the damn thing is shooting sparks! I guess some of the condensation got into the electronics and that's all she wrote. I gave it 2 days to dry out, fired it up, it's continuing to shoot sparks and buzz, pretty scary stuff. The right side inside of the microwave is now blackened and the whole thing smells like an electrical fire. I contacted Maytag, we're done for.

In the battle of Amarillo IPA vs the Microwave, the Microwave won.

Luckily SWMBO didn't rope me for this one, she's pissed at my buddy though


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Old 09-19-2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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Sucks Bro. I hate the microwave/vent hood combos for this single reason (and crappy airflow).

Live and learn

Replace it with a legit vent hood and make SWMBO happy!


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Old 09-19-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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Sounds like a design issue. Any electronics intended to be mounted above a range should be able to withstand normal operating conditions which include a pot of boiling water or wort
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:29 PM   #4
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Sounds like a design issue. Any electronics intended to be mounted above a range should be able to withstand normal operating conditions which include a pot of boiling water or wort
yeah I would try to contact the manufacturer see if you can get a new one or something.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:36 PM   #5
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Tell them you were cooking a big pot of spaghetti. There's no reason to cause any undue scrutiny that will likely occur if you tell them you were making beer.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:37 PM   #6
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Well the bad part is the unit came with our house, we bought and moved in about 3 years ago. The previous owners were kind enough though to leave us a drawer filled with every manual and receipt from anything they ever purchased or replaced in the house. Upon looking up the microwave, it's about 7 years old.

I contacted Maytag and they are offering no assistance...

We went out and bought a cheap microwave this last weekend for the misses to heat her lunches in, she works from home. That's about the only time we ever nuke anything, leftovers are something we never have in the house and I used to be a cook, everything we eat is from the stove, oven, or grill. I just got off of the phone with her, I think we're going to utilize this opportunity to paint the kitchen and install a range hood only over the stove.

I told my buddy that he better eat every last slice of that pizza! LOL (we were messing around with him, I realize this wasn't his fault)
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Microwave above the stovetop?!

I dont understand how this didn't happen earlier in its life im sure its not the first time its been used while boiling something on the top?
You sure he didnt put the pizza on a metal rimmed plate or something of the sort? we have them in my house and almost burned my microwave down once after sparks started flying.
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Yeah, while it seems related to the boil it could be entirely coincidental or some other cause.
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7 years is way past the warranty. We have a large microwave that was my grandmas. It also does convection cooking, though we don't use it.

It started sparking and stinking like burnt rubber a couple of months ago. There is a plastic thing that connected to the motor underneath and drives the carousel. It sits under the carousel tray. It was shorting out somehow.

I found one online for like $5 and replaced it and all is good. I'm betting that there is something like that going on. It's a microwave broadcast unit. Sounds like something is touching something else that it should be touching. Maybe some water got it started and deformed something in there. It's worth looking into if you are handy with the tools and aren't afraid of electronics. **Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any injury or death related to poking around inside a microwave oven.
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Tis the season! Buy a new one, it's not tough to swap em out.


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