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Offline FLbrewer

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Starsan in SS kettle
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:21:50 PM »
Is it ok to store Starsan in a SS kettle temporarily? I did so for a few days and noticed some brown "stuff" come off the kettle when I scrubbed it with a sponge. Could have been from an earlier brew, but just curious if it was degrading the metal somehow.

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Re: Starsan in SS kettle
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 03:31:32 PM »
it's not degrading the metal, just cleaning it a bit. a lot of folks store star san in a keg for long periods so I'm pretty sure it's okay.
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Re: Starsan in SS kettle
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 05:37:29 PM »
I believe starsan is ok for SS even if it hasnt been passivated:)  If you feel unsure contact Five Star, their customer service is outstanding!

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Re: Starsan in SS kettle
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014, 06:47:59 AM »
Is it ok to store Starsan in a SS kettle temporarily? I did so for a few days and noticed some brown "stuff" come off the kettle when I scrubbed it with a sponge. Could have been from an earlier brew, but just curious if it was degrading the metal somehow.
That "stuff" is just a thin layer of beerstone.  Instead of elbow grease and a BLUE scrubbie, I regularly just throw some spent starsan in the kettle to loosen that stuff up.  Same effect as acid cleaner #5.
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