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Old 01-28-2013, 07:38 AM   #11
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Should I get it in the powder or liquid? Do I dilute it or go full strength?

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:51 AM   #12
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Should I get it in the powder or liquid? Do I dilute it or go full strength?
I've never used anything but the powder. Use full strength with a sponge and some water. It's acidic, so it dissolves mineral deposits and is slightly abrasive. Also re-passivates the stainless steel. You should be able to find it in your local grocery or hardware store.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:00 AM   #13
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I've never used anything but the powder. Use full strength with a sponge and some water. It's acidic, so it dissolves mineral deposits and is slightly abrasive. Also re-passivates the stainless steel. You should be able to find it in your local grocery or hardware store.
Good deal! Thanks for your input!
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I brewed this week and had stain on the bottom of my kettle. I used a plastic scrubber and scrubbed them off, no added chemical.

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Old 01-28-2013, 11:55 AM   #15
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When I worked in a kitchen in London we used to use coke in the SS pots. Just brought it up to a boil and swirled it round over the stains.

Just remember never to leave it in more than a couple of mins and never use it on badly scratched pots! Coke is an acid after all!!!

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:22 AM   #16
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DeafSmith +1 for you! It worked EFFORTLESSLY!! Thanks so much for the tip. This stuff is awesome!

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:46 AM   #17
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That just looked like extra hops/protein that got burnt to the side...

Ive never had to use any chemicals on mine, just fill with water to soak overnight...then sponge wipes it all away.

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I always clean my brew pot with OxiClean to break down the organic material. After this I have beerstone or other mineral deposits which the BKF cleans right up.

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Suggestions on the concentration of OxiClean? I have the target generic kind, which should be the same.

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Suggestions on the concentration of OxiClean? I have the target generic kind, which should be the same.
It's not critical - I just toss in maybe a quarter scoop with a gallon or so of water to clean my brew pot- just use as much as you need to get it clean.. Cleaning a carboy or Better Bottle, it's more important not to get too strong a mixture - there I use a full scoop (4 oz, I think) in 6 gallons of water which is the strongest concentration of PBW recommended by Better Bottle company - I assume the same concentration of OxiClean is OK. Also somewhere on the Better Bottle web site is a report that says strong caustic cleaners can cause microcracks in glass carboys, so I also limit that to 1 scoop/6 gallons and don't let them sit for more than a few hours with the cleaning solution. Also, don't dump the powder into an empty BB or carboy - fill it halfway with water first, then add the powder and more water so you don't get a real strong concentration in one spot (also a recommendation from the BB web site).
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