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Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« on: February 01, 2015, 04:22:43 PM »
I just bought a 5 gal. stainless steel brewpot, used it for the first time, and left it full of PBW overnight after first use. When I cleaned it out the next day, the pot itself was fine, but the bolts that fasten the handles to the pot had a strange powder/corrosion on them. Did I ruin my pot right of the bat? Can I still use it?
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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2015, 04:27:58 PM »
Bolts can be replaced if they are corroded. Are you sure those are not rivits? If rivits give them a good cleaning with Barkeeper's Frine. Then rinse well and let air dry.
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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2015, 04:28:24 PM »
Bolts? I'd replace them. If rivets it grind them out and replace with bolts. Use stainless hardware. Two different types of metal plus acid equals a battery, meaning you will get corrosion. Your pot should be fine.

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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2015, 04:29:28 PM »
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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2015, 04:30:54 PM »
Okay, I keep trying to post a picture via dropbox, but it's not working out. To be precise, they are more like rivets. Flat surface rather than a tradition nut and bolt. I'm thinking maybe the rivets are aluminum and reacted with the PBW?
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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2015, 04:54:56 PM »
Or they were made from a low grade of Stainless that is more workable, or something that was zinc coated. Maybe aluminum, but I would not think that would be usual.

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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2015, 04:58:44 PM »
Barkeeper's Friend looks like a good choice. Thank you. I don't want the corrosion to affect the boil in any way.
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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2015, 05:03:50 PM »
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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2015, 06:29:06 PM »
Try BK friend or soaking that pot in Starsan.   It looks similar to the deposits I will see on my boilcoils and a 30 minute starsan soak takes those right off.  PBW is great for organic deposits.  Acids are great for mineral deposits. 

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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2015, 06:34:45 PM »
Interesing point, JT, thank you. I'll try both methods. I can Star-San spray it right now.
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Re: Brew pot handle bolts damaged by PBW
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2015, 06:40:56 PM »
Worth a try to spray them first, but when I clean the boilcoils or even my wort chiller, I actually submerge them in Star-San.  Shiny!