Ace micro brewer

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  1. May 12, 2017 #201

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    I clean mine with a bit of lemon juice works grate
     
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  2. May 13, 2017 #202

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    Yep

    As above, rinse the muck off and recirc clean water through the pump and a lemon juice soak will bring the brown scorched stuff off no problem.
    Not had the need for fancy cleaners. As already mentioned it only really needs to be clean, not sanitised.

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    Soak in lemon juice or vinegar for an hour, wipe- should come right off. If it's stubborn wait another hour, repeat. Comes right off, no hard scrubbing.
     
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  4. May 16, 2017 #204

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    Just got mine going again this morning for a mexican lager. I am the only one that boils at 2500w. I don't like the relay switching in and out if I lower the wattage.
     
  5. May 16, 2017 #205

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    I boil at 1800w and my relay have never switched on or off
    I would have a look at yours to see if there is something wrong with your heating element or relay
     
  6. May 16, 2017 #206

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    I'll email support. If I set it to 1800 watts it just goes on for a bit, clicks, off for a bit, clicks, on again for a bit and so on. the lower the wattage the longer the off bit lasts.

    Does no one elses do this?
     
  7. May 16, 2017 #207

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    My first brew I had it set to 1500, it boiled ok but as you say the element was switching on and off all the time so since then I've just left it on full blast. Cracking rolling boil. I've got the body of the machine lagged by the way.

    Cheers. Tom
     
  8. May 16, 2017 #208

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    Thanks I'm not mad then! I was pretty sure the wattage control is just a relay and not true power control, sounds like that is the case.

    Anyway lager done on 2500 watts, boiled like a champ.
     
  9. May 17, 2017 #209

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    I was a bit concerned about the thermostat switching thing so thought that leaving it on would cause less issues than not.
    On holiday at the moment but will be getting a brew on the weekend we get back. Any further issues and I'll report

    Cheers. Tom
     
  10. May 18, 2017 #210

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    Exactly what I thought. I did not like the switching, I can see burnt out contacts in the future.
     
  11. May 19, 2017 #211

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    Maybe that's related to the element failures that people have reported? Lots of cycling, more chance on element failures? Clutching at straws with that really

    Cheers. Tom
     
  12. May 19, 2017 #212

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    I don't think that would wreck the elements that quickly, if at all.
     
  13. May 23, 2017 #213

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    I'm not electrically minded so don't fully understand the technical side of it but I'd rather not take the chance. After several years of boiling a stock pot on a gas hob I'm more than happy to watch the Ace boiling the nuts out of the wort :thumb:

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    All that switching under load is the bigger issue with the contacts wearing out.
     
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    I had a greenhouse heater like that. Once I replaced the burnt out thermostat, I put a RC contact suppressor across the contacts on the replacement and it has been fine for a number of years since.
     
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    That's a good idea :thumb:
     
  17. May 24, 2017 #217

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    You're talking a foreign language now :wha:

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    Has anybody else had an element failure yet or is it (hopefully) just the two reported here so far?

    Cheers. Tom
     
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    Hi MP, Thanks for this info, apologies for not having got back to you earlier.

    In the end I returned the whole unit to hifitrading at their Berlin location. They have been incredibly easy to deal with. They rapidly accepted the return request and paid for the return shipping in full. I followed the return of the item via UPS tracking and, within 24 hours of having received it, they sent me an email to tell me that they can either ship me a new unit or provide a full refund. I requested a new unit, it arrived today (about a week after they received the broken unit).

    Haven't unpacked it yet, but will do so and give it a water-boiling test run this weekend.

    So... my experience with hifitrading (which I believe is the same company as retails directly through the klarstein website) has been very positive.





     
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  20. Jun 21, 2017 #220

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    Well, broke in my Microbrewery on Saturday, was a bit of a mare of a brew day to be honest. Was bloody too hot to begin with, was slightly hungover from a night on the tiles from friday night.
    Probably should have given it a skip. Had a big problem with my shed electrics it kept tripping the switch, so with the heat and the hangover and having to reset the settings each time, I'm not expecting much from the brew. Also aimed for 16l mash 16l sparge
    but the mash seemed really thick so added some kettle water to thin in. Had some problems with the recirc pump to trying to get flow right, so I struggled alot.

    Used a hop spider for the pellets and it didnt work to well with lots of hop sediment in the boiler, too ages to cooll down, then I'd tons of sediment and was afraid to use the tap so syphoned off to fermenter so suffered a good bit of lose.

    Packed up into fridge fermenter after yeast pitch and check the following morning, I'd set the inkbird to wrong temp!!. Set to 17c instead of 20c. Upped temp and hoped for best, I've checked since and its taken off got a fine krausen etc. Not bothered doing a reading on it yet too soon.

    All in all a bit of a disaster. I'll try again in couple weeks and hope for better results all round
     
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