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Old 03-31-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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When you guys season your new aluminum pots, do you then after the boil wipe out the buildup. Or leave it alone? Awhile back I had one and noticed after boiling I was able to take a dry paper towel and turn it rather dark by rubbing the inside walls.

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Old 03-31-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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I didn't wipe out mine, I just dumped out the water and gave it a good rinse with hot water. No off tastes to speak of.
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:40 PM   #3
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When you guys season your new aluminum pots, do you then after the boil wipe out the buildup. Or leave it alone? Awhile back I had one and noticed after boiling I was able to take a dry paper towel and turn it rather dark by rubbing the inside walls.
The black stuff is aluminum oxide. And yes, I clean my aluminum pots after each brew session with soap and a "pink" scrubber for non-stick pots.
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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liquid soap ,hot water and a sponge is all that touches any of my aluminum cookware. You want it clean without disturbing the oxide coating
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:23 PM   #5
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Ok so I get a new pot, boil water in it, turns it black, then I dump the water out. THEN you guys just brew right after, or do you clean the inside out before your first brew session? Kind of confused on the answers, I know you should clean them after each use, but I am talking about the initial seasoning.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:34 PM   #6
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I clean it after the initial boil. There will be some oxide that doesn't adhere to the metal that is why you had some discoloration on the paper towel. Just some soap and a sponge is all that is needed.
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liquid soap ,hot water and a sponge is all that touches any of my aluminum cookware. You want it clean without disturbing the oxide coating
What about StarSan? I am looking at getting a large aluminum kettle because it is much cheaper, but I have always used StarSan on my stainless stuff. Is it OK to use on aluminum too?
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What about StarSan? I am looking at getting a large aluminum kettle because it is much cheaper, but I have always used StarSan on my stainless stuff. Is it OK to use on aluminum too?
Why would you sanitize your kettle?

 
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Why would you sanitize your kettle?
That doesn't answer the question.

Why NOT sanitize my kettle? It is a large vessel that holds all of my brew equipment while sanitizing.
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Why NOT sanitize my kettle?
I'm thinkin' that 60 minutes of boil should take care of that. All I use is a soapy rag and hot water. After that I wipe it dry with paper towels.

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It is a large vessel that holds all of my brew equipment while sanitizing.
A wall paper tray works great for this.



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Anything sanitized pre-boil is just a waste of StarSan not to mention the unnecessary environmental issues.

 
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