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Cleaning Burnt On Kettle

Good morning,

First time home brewer here. Did my first home brew a couple weeks ago (NB Irish Red extract kit) and am excited to see how it turns out. Everything seems to be going good so far with the fermination, but Im still stuck with one issue.

When I was boiling the wort, I figure I poured the malt extract in too quickly, as I now have some burnt on residue on the bottom of my kettle. I have tried soaking the kettle with water and soap, boiling regular water, and boiling with water & vinager, all with very little success. I have read not to use steel wool or other hard material on stainless steel, but I figured I would ask the home brew experts what the best way is to solve this issue.

Thanks!

Welcome to the forum. BKF (or Bar Keepers Friend) is a readily available cleanser made for SS and I guarantee it will do the trick. It is about $2 at Lowes, Homer Depot, etc.

Thanks, I will give that a try.

I use a wet-dry sanding sponge with a course grit:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Pro-Grade ... 30Z1z0t8oo

It’s fast, thorough and cuts effortlessly through the toughest cooked-on crud. Just make sure to rinse it extremely well to remove all residual grit.

I use a wet-dry sanding sponge with a course grit:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Pro-Grade ... 30Z1z0t8oo

It’s fast, thorough and cuts effortlessly through the toughest cooked-on crud. Just make sure to rinse it extremely well to remove all residual grit.

You could also try soaking it overnight with water mixed with PBW (available from Northern Brewer) or just go to the grocery store and buy the scent-free OxiClean powder (basically the same thing as PBW, but cheaper).

On an entirely different note: GO GRIZ! I’m from MT originally (Chester) and graduated from UM. :cheers:

I second what Greg said, Bar Keepers Friend works like a charm for me on my kettles.

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