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Title: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: beerstache on October 10, 2010, 08:22:35 PM
Hello All,

I just purchased 2 used 1/2 barrels with the tops removed from my local brewery and they need to be cleaned.  Any recommendations on what to use?
It looks like there is a build up of Beer Stone or Calcium deposits on the inside, can I use a vinegar solution on stainless steel?
Also whats good to clean up the outside of the kegs for a newer look?
Thanks
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: euge on October 10, 2010, 08:33:08 PM
Bar Keepers friend for the outside. Maybe PBW for the inside. 
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: tubercle on October 10, 2010, 08:56:52 PM
Hello All,

I just purchased 2 used 1/2 barrels with the tops removed from my local brewery and they need to be cleaned.  Any recommendations on what to use?
It looks like there is a build up of Beer Stone or Calcium deposits on the inside, can I use a vinegar solution on stainless steel?
Also whats good to clean up the outside of the kegs for a newer look?
Thanks

  Yes you can use vinegar on ss. Most industrial acids are stored in ss drums. Or, what EUGE said.
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: IHBHS on October 12, 2010, 07:08:36 AM
Acid #5 works great for removing beer stone.
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: tom on October 12, 2010, 06:42:08 PM
BKF (or any other stainless steel cleaner) and some elbow grease (not steel wool) should get it clean. You could also fill-er up with hot water and PBW to loosen it up first if you want.
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: dak0415 on October 12, 2010, 07:23:56 PM
I save my spent/dirty starsan for just these occasions.  When my kettle starts to get a stone buildup, I toss the old starsan (acid) into the kettle and leave it overnight.  The stone wipes off with a sponge the next day.  I was going to get some Acid #5 but tried this before I ordered any.
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: beerstache on October 13, 2010, 11:29:39 PM
Thanks for all the reponses guys!  I read an article by John Palmer on cleaning stainless steel and am using his two step approach by using PBW first than using CLR to remove beer stone.  I dont have CLR on hand but do have Lime-Away, will that work and not hurt SS?
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: IHBHS on October 14, 2010, 01:05:22 AM
Should work.  It's pretty much the same thing.  I'd run the Lime-Away first then run the PBW, that way you get the beer stone off first then clean the keggle.
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: Kit B on October 14, 2010, 07:24:33 PM
CLR
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: beerstache on October 15, 2010, 08:37:01 PM
I cleaned the kegs with PBW first and then used Lime Away and are they sparkling clean and ready to go!
Thanks All!
Title: Re: Cleaning used keg kettles
Post by: wingnut on November 01, 2010, 04:59:22 PM
If you want your kettle to have a "mirror" finish, I have taken polishing compund or just 2000 or 3000 grit sand paper to the cornies I have to clean them up.  I would probably not spend my time on doing that with a kettle, but shiny SS makes every man green with envy!!

Glad the CLR/PBW worked for you!