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Old 01-28-2013, 05:34 AM   #1
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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.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:49 AM   #2
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Congratulations, you just broke in your new brewing pot. Don't worry, your're makin' beer.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:50 AM   #3
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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"!

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:51 AM   #4
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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?

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:55 AM   #5
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Yup, definitely stainless steel. Here ya go:


 
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:08 AM   #6
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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.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:09 AM   #7
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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?

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:11 AM   #8
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I wouldn't worry about it. Abrasives will scratch it.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:27 AM   #9
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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?

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:37 AM   #10
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Barkeepers Friend should work.

 
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