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Brew kettle issue
« on: May 05, 2013, 10:45:01 AM »
I'm cleaning out my Polar Ware brew kettle (10 gallon) for the first time and there is a lot of grey stuff rubbing off when I wash with a sponge. Initially thought it was dirt but even w a wet paper towel there is a lot of it. Any clue what this is?

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Re: Brew kettle issue
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013, 11:56:08 AM »
Is it steel or aluminum?
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Re: Brew kettle issue
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2013, 03:26:29 PM »
SS, looked online apparently normal. Wiped off with a wet paper towel.

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Re: Brew kettle issue
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2013, 04:06:55 PM »
Sounds like grime from manufacturing. Keep wiping. Do a test boil with plain water. RDWHAHB
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Re: Brew kettle issue
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2013, 07:06:15 PM »
Soap or pbw

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Brew kettle issue
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 10:45:11 AM »
Never did a test boil, ended up eventually wiping clean with repeated swipes of a sponge and paper towel. In the back of my (OCD) mind, I fear that I'll be drinking a lead filled beer!
On a side note, I called Polar Ware about this and someone told me it was from my water, come on...

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Re: Brew kettle issue
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 10:49:01 AM »
Was it one of these http://www.midwestsupplies.com/heavy-duty-stainless-steel-brew-pot-10-gallon.html

I got one of those and went through the same process. I cleaned mine up with vinegar. I figured since it was a brushed finish it was a by product of the manufacturing process. There shouldn't be any lead in it. It is steel.
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Re: Brew kettle issue
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2013, 10:51:41 AM »
Most metal stretching companies use a white/opaque liquid lubricant when forming their pots.  this can become mixed with metal flakes.  it was probably what you where wiping out of your kettle when you cleaned it for the first time.  As long as you cleaned your pot well with some sort of basic degreasing agent ala soap, you should be fine.  I would recommend getting a small jug of PBW to use on any new stainless items:D
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Brew kettle issue
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 11:03:19 AM »
Was it one of these http://www.midwestsupplies.com/heavy-duty-stainless-steel-brew-pot-10-gallon.html

I got one of those and went through the same process. I cleaned mine up with vinegar. I figured since it was a brushed finish it was a by product of the manufacturing process. There shouldn't be any lead in it. It is steel.
Similar, this one...
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/polar-ware-stainless-steel-brewing-pot-10-gallon.html

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Re: Brew kettle issue
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 12:59:48 PM »
Most metal stretching companies use a white/opaque liquid lubricant when forming their pots.  this can become mixed with metal flakes.  it was probably what you where wiping out of your kettle when you cleaned it for the first time.  As long as you cleaned your pot well with some sort of basic degreasing agent ala soap, you should be fine.  I would recommend getting a small jug of PBW to use on any new stainless items:D
That was my thought. Many metal products have a film after manufacturing.  It is probably washed off of consumer products when the customer might examine it before purchase, but possibly not for an online purchase.
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