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Old 02-17-2013, 03:03 AM   #11
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One last question though. Is 212 F the correct temp then for the boil? I didn't know if wort is the same as water from having so much sugar in it.

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At sea level, yes. My gauge reads somewhere between 212F and 213F at 50' MSL when boiling wort. My two probe thermometers usually sat 212.3F in 1.040 wort on the stove.

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:07 AM   #13
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Great. Thank you so much. This has been very helpful. Is using steel wool ok on keggles or will that hurt anything?

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:11 AM   #14
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Try soaking it longer in Oxy. I soak mine overnight after each use. I'm not sure, but I don't think steel wool is good for SS.

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Supposedly steel wool quickens rusting. I've been using it to de-grease stainless pans for years and have never has one rust.

Did you live on the coast? In a swamp (to include the Deep South)? That's the only time I'd be worried.

Are the crusties you can't get off inside the keggle, probably on the bottom of it? Well, if the sponge can't get it off, then it won't come off in the next boil, and the next boil is going to kill anything dumb enough to try to grow on it anyway... jus' sayin'. I rinse my kettle immediately and rub off anything that comes off easily, the rest stays on there. Consider it a... patina.

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I wonder if the rough stuff inside the keg is slag or metal for the top being cut off? If that's the case you will need something more aggressive than oxyclean. Maybe heavy scrubbie or steel wool. You could also try bar keepers friend.

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I'll try soaking it longer in oxyclean. I think it is too thin looking to be slag. You can kind of see it in the picture, right in the middle of the keg. It just bothers me that it's not perfect. I'll keep messing with it. If oxyclean doesn't work, I'll try barkeepers friend. I just don't want to ruin the keg using steel wool. If anyone else has input on the use of steel wool, please let me know.

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If its any consolation, steel wool on a wet surface is less abrasive.

I steel wooled the inside of mine that way. Haven't seen any rust yet.

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Did you live on the coast? In a swamp (to include the Deep South)? That's the only time I'd be worried.
No, I don't live in a swamp. HA Ha Ha...

The "stuff" is mostly on the sides. The stuff on the bottom came right off.
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Awesome. I'll give it a light once over if soaking and using a non-abrasive sponge won't work.

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