Hello is it safe to use brillo pads on your stainless steel brew pot. Or will it scratch up your pot really badly ?
It will scratch use a regular patch and lots of arm power action
There are some cleaning pads designed for stainless steel. I think Scotch Brite makes one. It is green in color. I use a paste of Barkeepers Friend and a pad of paper toweling for cleaning. BF is available in grocery stores.
Other than getting all trub off the surface of the kettle, its not necessary to scrub a kettle to bright metal. I good wipe with a sponge or green scrubby is sufficient. If you start seeing actual discoloration and a buildup on the metal, then performing a PBW soak may be appropriate. You generally don’t have to do that soak more than every year or two.
Remember, the kettle is on the hot-side of your process and there is no chance of it causing infection.
Bar keepers friend and a soft dish rag is all I ever use.
Pbw and green scrubby to get the hops off.
John Palmer has an excellent discussion of how to take care of your aluminum and stainless equipment starting at this link: http://howtobrew.com/book/appendices/appendix-b/brewing-metallurgy