I use a keggle as my HLT. It has a HERMS coil and a 5500 watt ultra low density heating element installed with a weldless fitting. After about 6 months of use the element fried and upon closer inspection I found it to be coated with a thick solid coating of a white porcelain like substance. After hitting it several time with a piece of wood the coating shattered and fell off. I can only assume this was from heating PBW in the HLT during cleaning cycles. Any thoughts?
I get this as well. I don't think it's from pbw. I think it's from the minerals in the water. After a brew Do a pbw rinse if you want and then do an acid rinse. I use sani-clean. Heat and recirculate with it just covering the element. I usually do two to 3 brews before doing an acid cleaning. It removes the white stuff off the element.
Originally Posted by Bobby_M
Simcoe smells like 10 cats pissing on a pine tree. It's awesome.