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Old 01-05-2012, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default Is there a way to remove mineral build up on stainless steel?

Loan my brew kettle to a friend while I was gone and got it back with a layer of "something" on the bottom surface as well as some burn marks from where the kettle was on his stand. Anybody have any suggestions as to if/how these can be removed? I have tried scrubbing with regular dish soap and then a solid rinse but not much came off.

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Acid based cleaner should do the trick. At least in the dairy business where I work by day, the overly simplistic rules of thumb are caustics to cut out the protein and fat, acids for the minerals.

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Its called beer stone

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It's beer stone. I use these scotch brite pads on mine. Gone with about 15 seconds of scrubbing.
http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-N...5730553&sr=8-2

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i scrub it out with the scrubby side of a sponge. CLR works too.

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It's beer stone. I use these scotch brite pads on mine. Gone with about 15 seconds of scrubbing.
http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-N...5730553&sr=8-2
I tried that exact sponge and not much came off so I thought I would consult the experts (you guys) for something to use in addition to this abrasive pad and soap to remove this beer stone. [I kind of like that term "beer stone"]
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I scrub with steel wool to clean this stuff off. It is handy to have for cleaning anything metal.

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a little oxyclean followed by a green scrub pad is what i use

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Have you tried Bar Keeper's Friend?

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I tried oxyclean and it did nothing. The name beerstone got me thinking about how to dissolve calcium based compounds and I made a solution of Starsan and water, let it soak for 10 minutes and it wiped away clean. I should have remembered this before because if I soak bottles in oxyclean too long there can be a build up of cleanser crud that won't rinse clean or scrub clean easily.

Here is a new picture of the inside. I don't think I want to tell my brew buddy how easily this came off so he can come over and do some bottling for me in payment for all of that elbow grease.

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