burn on inside of stainless steel brewing kettle - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > burn on inside of stainless steel brewing kettle

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-11-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
dukedog
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Richmond, VA
Posts: 35


Hi all,

I made my first batch from an extract kit this past weekend. When I was done I realized that I didn't stir my wort enough or I left my specialty grain bag in one spot for too long as there was a 3 inch in diameter scorch mark on the bottom of the kettle. There is definitely some carbon there but so far I've been unable to remove it.. going forward with future batches is this something that will negatively affect my finished product?

Is there a way to remove this stuff that won't harm the kettle or would it be fine to leave it? I'm kinda bummed about it as it was brand new.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
doulovebeef
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
wichita, KS
Posts: 103


you could try freezing it off, dry ice does a nice job. get that sucker hella cold and u should be able to scrape it off. or a long soak in a degreaser?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 05:50 PM   #3
Catt22
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 4,998
Liked 70 Times on 63 Posts


Heavy Duty Easy-Off oven cleaner works well for removing it. Barkeeper's Friend will also work, but it will require more time. Wet the kettle bottom and sprinkle a generous amount of the BKF over the scorched spots and let it soak overnight. Next day use a green scrubbie thingy and some elbow grease. Repeat this procedure as necessary which may require three or more applications depending on how bad the scorching is. You can also put the kettle back on the burner and heat up a small amount of water with a large dose of the BKF. The heat seems to make it work faster. I've also used automatic dishwasher detergent the same way with good results. It's very rare that I scortch anything these days, but when I do, that's how I deal with it. Hope this is of some help to you.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 05:51 PM   #4
Ace_Club
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Ace_Club's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Chicago, IL
Posts: 43,844
Liked 2384 Times on 2186 Posts


Soak in PBW or OxiClean. No scrubbing should be necessary.
__________________
Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics, even if you win you're still retarded.

Where are guys? - Ginger

Eat a bag of kittens, Ace. - Yooper

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
dukedog
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Richmond, VA
Posts: 35

Thanks guys. I ordered some PBW, hopefully this will do the trick.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 07:18 PM   #6
Bitterbrush
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Central Oregon
Posts: 115
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


+2 on the Heavy Duty Easyoff oven cleaner. Spray it on, let it sit for 30~45 minutes and wipe it clean. Just don't use it on aluminum pots only stainless.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 07:21 PM   #7
Steelers77
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Steelers77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Janesville, WI
Posts: 2,122
Liked 82 Times on 68 Posts


Maybe some white vinegar and baking soda. Put them in the pot let them soak a little then boil it for 10 min. See how that works.
__________________
Pearl Malt is back in stock!

Get your hops, 85 varieties starting at $.75/oz!

Accuflex Bev Seal Ultra in stock now!

Farmhousebrewingsupply.com

http://farmhousebrewingsupply.com

https://www.facebook.com/Farmhousebrewingsupply

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Farmhousebrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 09:21 PM   #8
mariojr
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Raleigh,NC
Posts: 302
Liked 8 Times on 6 Posts


Stainless steel scrubby and some elbow grease should take it off.
__________________
-----

Mario


A Flower?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 09:27 PM   #9
Ace_Club
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Ace_Club's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Chicago, IL
Posts: 43,844
Liked 2384 Times on 2186 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mariojr View Post
Stainless steel scrubby and some elbow grease should take it off.
This would be a big mistake. The stainless steel scrubby will result in scratches in the kettle. This will make it all the more likely that scorching or other marks will appear in the future. You should not use harsh abrasives like a metal scrubby on a stainless steel kettle.

Additionally, scrubbing with a metal material can remove the surface layer of the stainless steel (i.e., what makes it stainless) and cause rusting.
__________________
Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics, even if you win you're still retarded.

Where are guys? - Ginger

Eat a bag of kittens, Ace. - Yooper

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 09:50 PM   #10
mariojr
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Raleigh,NC
Posts: 302
Liked 8 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ace_Club View Post
This would be a big mistake. The stainless steel scrubby will result in scratches in the kettle. This will make it all the more likely that scorching or other marks will appear in the future. You should not use harsh abrasives like a metal scrubby on a stainless steel kettle.

Additionally, scrubbing with a metal material can remove the surface layer of the stainless steel (i.e., what makes it stainless) and cause rusting.
I guess I have been living on the edge and will change my technique.
__________________
-----

Mario


A Flower?

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stainless Steel Pot... willatkinson Equipment/Sanitation 6 07-01-2010 05:46 PM
is there any way to tell if something is Stainless Steel Grinder12000 Equipment/Sanitation 25 05-12-2010 01:44 PM
409 stainless steel okay for brewing cyberbackpacker Equipment/Sanitation 1 01-15-2010 08:38 AM
stainless steel brewing pot and about quality cell Equipment/Sanitation 1 10-14-2009 11:03 PM
Vulcan 40qt stainless steel electric kettle olllllo Equipment/Sanitation 6 06-08-2007 06:59 PM


Forum Jump