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    Urn element replacement


    Looks like the Urn element gave up the ghost, So I will be replacing the element tomorrow.

    Anyone know where I can pick up a new element?

    I know less than nothing about elements so not sure if it could be something else, boil dry? anyone know how to verify it it is the element that's busted?

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    Seen some on Takealot I belive. Otherwise maybe builders or the like might have.
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    Get a cheap multimeter to check it first. Worthy investment. Or connect power wires direct to element, turn on at plug for a few seconds, then unplug and check if it's warm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langchop View Post
    Get a cheap multimeter to check it first. Worthy investment. Or connect power wires direct to element, turn on at plug for a few seconds, then unplug and check if it's warm
    yep, especially if you've still got an integrated thermostat or if the urn controller has a overload switch still installed?

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    Tested that first. Its dead as a door nail. It doesnt heat up at all. builders is a bust but looks like okovango electrical isnthebplace.

    Will also get a multimeter while there thanks for the tip

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    Sucks.. time for an upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaBz0r View Post
    Sucks.. time for an upgrade?
    haha with the amount of money I spent on the DIY, I would be lying if I didnt say the Grainfather would have been cheaper...

    But Anyways.. just a final update on this. you can get a replacement element from Brights hardware in CPT for R287.00.

    and lastly the reason why I burned out my element is due to crush size.. you know how everyone says finer is better with Biab..

    Well I guess up too a point that is the case but after if you have to much flour it will bury your element lead to a burned out element. I spent litterally two minutes calibrating my mill this morning and no issues.. I also feel like my system is running better.

    Anyways.. we brew on.. my hefe is busy mashing!!

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    Mill gap needs to be slightly tighter for wheat. Some of the kernels came through whole. I ended up mashing for 2 hours to get my pre-boil SG on the dot.

    System ran significantly better, element came out perfectly clean, a huge suprise for a hefe.

    Going forward I will mill wheat and barley seperate.

    One day in the distant future I will make a hefe that Im happy with.

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