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DM3MD157 01-28-2013 04:34 AM

Stains on new SS Kettle
 
I had brewed my first batch last week and used a new Bayou Classic SS kettle. After cleaning it thoroughly, I noticed that there is some sort of stains or oxidation at the waterline and above. Almost like the bubbled wort on the side made the marks. Is this normal for kettles? Can I clean it off, or should I even worry about it? When you run your fingers over it it doesn't feel like debris is caked on. I tried searching about this problem but couldn't find any results of the same.

NivekD 01-28-2013 04:49 AM

Congratulations, you just broke in your new brewing pot. Don't worry, your're makin' beer.

DM3MD157 01-28-2013 04:50 AM

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Originally Posted by NivekD (Post 4834716)
Congratulations, you just broke in your new brewing pot. Don't worry, your're makin' beer.

Thanks! I don't mind the stains, I just didn't know if they are normal. I thought stainless is truly "stainless"! :)

Hopper77 01-28-2013 04:51 AM

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Originally Posted by DM3MD157
Thanks! I don't mind the stains, I just didn't know if they are normal. I thought stainless is truly "stainless"! :)

Sure it's not aluminum? Can you post a pic?

DM3MD157 01-28-2013 04:55 AM

Yup, definitely stainless steel. Here ya go:

http://www.turboboxerfour.com/forum/beer/stains.JPG

NivekD 01-28-2013 05:08 AM

There are several grades of "stainless steel", unless you bought the best stainless, it will show some stains. It should not rust. You should be able to remove those "stains" with a soft scrub of some type.

DM3MD157 01-28-2013 05:09 AM

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Originally Posted by NivekD (Post 4834746)
There are several grades of "stainless steel", unless you bought the best stainless, it will show some stains. It should not rust. You should be able to remove those "stains" with a soft scrub of some type.

So it's OK to use an abrasive sponge on the SS? Is it alright to leave them on?

NivekD 01-28-2013 05:11 AM

I wouldn't worry about it. Abrasives will scratch it.

DM3MD157 01-28-2013 06:27 AM

I just rubbed the kettle pretty hard with my finger and I was able to rub off the stain. Interestingly it didn't come off with soap and water though. What should I use to try to get it off easier? IIRC people use Oxiclean?

DeafSmith 01-28-2013 06:37 AM

Barkeepers Friend should work.


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