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Old 01-06-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hello,
I was planning on buying an aluminum pot and I know you have to be a bit more careful with it than stainless steel. What are some good ways of cleaning them without messing up the oxidized layer?
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:47 PM   #2
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I use a scrubber designed for non-stick pans. But, have no hesitations on using something rougher if needed. You can easily restore the oxide layer by boiling some water in the pot.
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Yup...as David says....no worries at all, scrub away
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PBW works well.
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PBW works well.
Do not soak for more than a few hours with any percarbonate cleaner (ie. oxyclean, pbw, ubw, generic "oxygen" cleaners. Not just aluminum either, any metals.
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Do not soak for more than a few hours with any percarbonate cleaner (ie. oxyclean, pbw, ubw, generic "oxygen" cleaners. Not just aluminum either, any metals.
You can re pickle metal. Stop being limp wrists.
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You can re pickle metal. Stop being limp wrists.
Pickle metal? I aint afraid of no stinking metal!

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I soak my kettle in hot water and use a washcloth to scrub. Nothing ever needs more than that since I use mine for brewing only.
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I've never scrubbed or cleaned my boil pot. I heat water to a boil in it for pre-heating my MLT and rinse it out real well after I boil and that's the extent of my cleaning.
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