Originally Posted by rerobb
I used barkeepers friend and a scotchbrite scrubby with elbow grease, you're not scratching it as bad as you think you are. We make some "sanitary" weldments for the food service industry with stainless tubing, and use fine scotchbrite to finish welds on the inside of tube assemblies.
I wish people would stop freaking out about how stainless steel needs to be handled like it's made of glass.
Yeah, if I (was single)had the cash to lay down on a Blichmann kettle or fermentor I wouldn't use something abrasive that would mess up the finish.
But a keggle or some other brew pot, I'd hit it with what ever it took to clean it.
You're not going to ruin anything but the surface finish on stainless equipment as long as what you are using to clean it is not contaminated.
All you nay sayers can chime in if you want, but after welding on stainless steel for 15 years there's not much you can say that's gonna make me question my own experience.