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Old 04-09-2013, 09:32 PM   #1
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so many batches, so much good beer. then my last 10 gallon batch tastes like someone aged a camp fire log in it.

I never clean my element, it always seemed to be fine and made great beer.

it's soaking in a pbw mix right now. I'm going to miss that wheat beer.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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How do you know it was your element?

How often do people clean their elements? What do you use? I have one of those Camco ripple elements and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to scrub it with scotchbrite or just kinda rinse it off.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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I have a RIMS tube. I have to clean it every 3-4 brews or after every brew that has a large percentage of wheat. If not, I get a burnt taste from the particles buringing to the element. Wheat beers are horrible for particles I guess.....
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I'm going to give it a few days then attack the soaked element with a wire brush
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I also have a rims tube and I clean the element after every batch. A fair amount of fuzzy stuff accumulates on it after the mash. I suspect it's the floury part of the grist that makes it past the false bottom when I first turn on the pump.

Hammy71, on your rims tube do you use the correct threads for the element (straight thread) or do you just use the standard pipe thread? Mine is starting to gall a little bit and I have to really wrench down on the element and I still don't get it to the rubber gasket. It doesn't leak, but I'd like to do it right if I can.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:10 PM   #6
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No need to soak it for days. A green scruffy will remove the protein.
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I also have a rims tube and I clean the element after every batch. A fair amount of fuzzy stuff accumulates on it after the mash. I suspect it's the floury part of the grist that makes it past the false bottom when I first turn on the pump.

Hammy71, on your rims tube do you use the correct threads for the element (straight thread) or do you just use the standard pipe thread? Mine is starting to gall a little bit and I have to really wrench down on the element and I still don't get it to the rubber gasket. It doesn't leak, but I'd like to do it right if I can.
I believe mine is just the regular straight threads. A little bit of Teflon tape and on/off she goes.
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I always get a white/tan coat(protein) on my elements after a brew and have to give it a light scrub to clean it up. I wouldn't get too crazy scrubbing or brushing if it's anything but a stainless element in fear of damaging the coating.
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I always get a white/tan coat(protein) on my elements after a brew and have to give it a light scrub to clean it up. I wouldn't get too crazy scrubbing or brushing if it's anything but a stainless element in fear of damaging the coating.
I soak it in a cup of PBW and use a toothbrush. If you get it quick then it comes off pretty easy.
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Pbw won't remove that deposit on my elements. The only thing that seems to remove it is a strong acid rinse. I'll use sani-clean at double strength, while I heat it to about 160. I'll let it cool back down and the deposit is usually all gone.
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