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Old 12-02-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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Anyone having trouble with heat stick burning wort? My 1st run at it (2 batches, 2 boils at same time ) resulted in one being burned. I replaced both elements and made a few other adjustments. Then today one of the two smelled like it was burning so I switched to gas. Any help?

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Old 12-02-2013, 02:04 AM   #2
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Like caramelized or like an ash tray?

I haven't had a problem with either but just curious.


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Old 12-02-2013, 04:28 AM   #3
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Which model element?
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:35 PM   #4
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The element is a Camco 4500w, ultra low density from Home Depot. Burned flavor is like smoke, very bad, not caramel. Had to dump the IPA .
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Just to be sure, it's this one:


and not this one:


Right? If true, I have no idea.
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Are you talking about the boil kettle here, or something else? I will assume the BK.

Are you recirculating or stirring before you reach a vigorous boil? If not, and particulates settle on the element while it's firing at 100% to reach boil temp, that could be your problem.
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Yes, I have the ULWD element, which I believe Camco calls "premium" and is rated at 50w/in^2. This is the boil kettle application, bringing 160 or so degree wort after sparging to boil.

I don't think this is a result of sediment settling on element before boil turbulence would prevent that - the burning smell started later in the boil.

I take it from the responses thus far that this is a fairly unique situation - I wonder why?

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Did you have wheat or something "non-standard" in the recipe?
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Nope - standard ingredients. I also vorloff or whatever it's called to keep sediment out of boil kettle. Pretty clean wort boiling. Note, only 1 of 2 batches burned each time. Maybe I should take a voltage reading to see if one might be getting more voltage.
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What are you using as a controller? Give us a better idea of your overall brewing system, batch size, 240v or 120v, etc. Do you stir the kettle while heating to a boil?


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