Vinager cleaned stainless brew pot - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Vinager cleaned stainless brew pot

Thread Tools
Old 09-16-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
Beer Dude in the Sunset
mrk305's Avatar
May 2007
Posts: 1,708
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

I boil on an electric stove and every week I get a burn ring that I have been scrubbing off with steel wool. Last night I poured a little water and maybe 2 oz. of vinager in my stainless steel brew pot and boiled it for a few minutes. The burn ring came right off and my pot looks brand new.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2007, 01:31 PM   #2
Otis The Drunk
Jun 2007
Texas Panhandle
Posts: 172

I'll have to remember this tip.
Toxic Waste Brewery

Currently in Primary: zip
Currently in Secondary: Dry Stout
Bottle Conditioning: Not a Thing
Drinking: Run of the mill Pale Ale
What's Next: Lake Walk Pale Ale

The Liver is Evil, therefore it must be punished

Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2007, 02:06 PM   #3
Funkenjaeger's Avatar
May 2007
Nashua, NH
Posts: 1,598
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts

the vinegar is a great tip. However, regarding your previous method of steel wool... you shouldn't use that on stainless, you can scrub off the oxide layer and then it can rust - I've seen the aftereffects - a stainless stock pot with the bottom all rusted and nasty.

Scotch-brite pads (and similar) come in a "no-scratch" version (usually blue instead of green) that's made for things like stainless for that reason. I use one with the cleaning product "barkeeper's friend" (which costs about 3 cents a metric ton) on stainless and it's absolutely amazing. A very quick scrub and it looks totally new again. Not quite as low-effort as dumping in some vinegar and boiling, but it's usable in more situations.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2007, 02:48 PM   #4
Vendor and Brewer
Bobby_M's Avatar
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,330
Liked 1765 Times on 1122 Posts

Actually, steel wool used on stainless embeds small particals of plain steel into the stainless. That's what you actually see rusting. If you have to scrub, use a stainless scouring pad.
Welcome to I love you.
New Stirplates are IN!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2007, 03:29 PM   #5
Orange whip?
Chris_Dog's Avatar
Apr 2007
Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,474
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Vinager is good for hard water stains too.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2007, 09:47 PM   #6
malkore's Avatar
Jun 2007
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts

oven cleaner will take off crud too. just be careful cuz its caustic (wear gloves, use some ventilation)
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10

Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2007, 10:12 PM   #7
Jan 2007
Posts: 406
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Would there be an issue using vinegar to clean aluminum?
primaries: BRown Ale
secondaries: Rye IPA
Bottled: IPA, Pigs ear brown clone, stovepipe porter, German Alt, Oktober fest ale, Smoked IPA, failed pale ale, 1st AG ESB, belgian wit, Ipa#2, , Lake wheat, fish Red ale, Smoked wheat,
KEGS: blonde Nugs , Sugar pale light, chin nook ale (gone in 1 week)

Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2007, 04:23 AM   #8
Jul 2007
Posts: 1,636
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Originally Posted by tbulger
Would there be an issue using vinegar to clean aluminum?
Not unless you leave it for a long time and it pits the aluminum.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2007, 06:52 AM   #9
Three_Trees's Avatar
May 2007
Posts: 33

Thanks for the tip, I use an electric stove and have that nasty brown stain. Also my water is VERY hard and I was having trouble removing the white crud. I'll definitely give it a try when I get home.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2007, 07:12 AM   #10
Sir Humpsalot
Sir Humpsalot's Avatar
Nov 2006
Posts: 4,005
Liked 87 Times on 69 Posts

I think the nasty stains lend character to my brewing equipment. Scrub it off? NEVER!!!!!
In Process: Mango Beer, Homebrewers Pale Ale
Bottled/Kegged:Spicy Light Rye, Rice-adjunct Pale Ale, Mild Bourbon Porter, Roasty Stout, Basic Light Mead, Bourbon County Stout Clone
Up Next: Berlinerweiss, Chocolate Raspberry Ale, and American IPA

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can I get my bottles professionally cleaned? gokupop Bottling/Kegging 6 09-15-2009 09:21 PM
Bucket smell even after cleaned.. TimSTi Equipment/Sanitation 5 12-31-2008 04:32 PM
Anyone cleaned kegs at a car wash? Jonnio Equipment/Sanitation 8 01-07-2008 05:39 AM
Is 18/10 stainless brew pot OK? RyanJE Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 01-04-2007 03:05 PM

Forum Jump