Camco 11553 Magnesium Anode Rod

 

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Unlike our heating elements specially made for brewing, most heating elements are normally used in electric water heaters that also have a sacrificial magnesium anode such as this installed. The anode's sole purpose is to oxidize first, thereby protecting the heating element base from rusting. Brewing kettles do not have an anode so make sure you do not leave water in the kettle for a prolonged period of time if using a regular hot water tank heating element. Some brewers will install a sacrificial magnesium anode in the side of their kettle to combat this issue. See this forum thread for some example installations and instructions. We do not use sacrificial anodes on our setup.

 

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