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Electric Brewing
« on: September 13, 2016, 01:49:51 PM »
I have a RiMMs tube system and I have been very happy with it. The heating element is 120v. I'm having issues with buildup on the element. It is a stainless steel element from brewhardware.com and I believe it is 1100w. What do you use to clean off the buildup?  I don't want to use a wire brush. PWB doesn't seem to cut through all of it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2016, 03:57:24 PM »
warm pbw soak and green scotch scrubbie.
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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2016, 04:12:46 PM »
I thought about the green scotch pad but isn't it too abrasive?

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 04:15:02 PM »
I thought about the green scotch pad but isn't it too abrasive?

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I've been using it on my elements every few batches (since 2012) when you get that buildup and haven't noticed any issues.
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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016, 06:10:44 PM »
cant you just wipe it off after every session?
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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016, 06:13:52 PM »
cant you just wipe it off after every session?
I wish, it becomes very crusty and hard thru the mash cycle

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2016, 07:30:35 PM »
If you are looking for low effort, you could try something a bit more caustic. Maybe alkaline brewery wash?

Denny knows a rep over at Craftmeister. Maybe he can get you in touch for a sample packet or recommendations on the best product for your needs.

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2016, 03:30:08 PM »
If you are looking for low effort, you could try something a bit more caustic. Maybe alkaline brewery wash?

Denny knows a rep over at Craftmeister. Maybe he can get you in touch for a sample packet or recommendations on the best product for your needs.
Thanks, Denny? Anything?

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2016, 08:51:26 PM »
Hard and crusty??? Any film on my elements is soft and easily removed with a scrubby. How are you controlling the power delivered to your element and how are you monitoring the temperature of the wort coming out of the RIMS tube?
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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2016, 09:51:36 PM »
I have a digital temperature controller (Inkbird I think) that activates a relay which sends power to the heating element.  I will post some pictures later tonight when I get home from work.

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2016, 01:47:30 AM »
Hard and crusty??? Any film on my elements is soft and easily removed with a scrubby. How are you controlling the power delivered to your element and how are you monitoring the temperature of the wort coming out of the RIMS tube?

 
Here are the pictures. The temperature well is about 1/8" away from the end of the heating element.

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2016, 01:49:35 AM »
That looks like scorching. What is the wattage of your element? What is the watt density? Where are you measuring the mash temp?

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2016, 01:52:20 AM »
That looks like scorching. What is the wattage of your element? What is the watt density? Where are you measuring the mash temp?
With the temperature probe in the well that turns the heat on/off as well as at the output and a Brinkman mash temp thermometer in the side of the mash tun. I use the Brinkman and the temp well probe for mash temp measurement.

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2016, 01:56:43 AM »
I don't understand, but the best place for the probe is the output side of the tube. Is that where you are measuring?

Again, what is the wattage and watt density? You might be using more power than needed. This could be addressed by adding a method to limit the power, or by switching to a lower wattage element.

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Re: Electric Brewing
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2016, 02:07:42 AM »
I don't understand, but the best place for the probe is the output side of the tube. Is that where you are measuring?

Again, what is the wattage and watt density? You might be using more power than needed. This could be addressed by adding a method to limit the power, or by switching to a lower wattage element.
The probe is on the output side of the tube. It's a 2000 watt, 120 volt, 60 watts per square inch. Not sure about density, unless you meant watt/sq.in.

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