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Offline Brotillery

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Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« on: April 23, 2018, 04:58:33 AM »
I got a new brew built hlt, made a beer with RO water adjusted with salts and minerals. I finished up the day and saw several small rust spots in the bottom sides of the kettle? Anyone have the same issue?

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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 12:26:59 PM »
I had the same experience with a kettle I bought on Amazon from a no-name-vendor.  Not only did I have issues with rust, I also had issues with the no-weld fitting for the sight gauge!  I couldn’t get it to stop leaking! I bought it because it was cheap and I got exactly what I paid for.
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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2018, 01:06:05 PM »
Yup, I had this happen with my new MegaPot.  I reached out to the retailer and they suggested that it hadn't been properly passivated during manufacturing and pointed me towards Bar Keepers Friend.  That worked way better than I expected and the rust didn't come back on my subsequent batch.

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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2018, 01:17:33 PM »
It happens. BKF will remove and also help passivate the surface preventing return.

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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2018, 12:09:28 PM »
Thanks jtoots (great to see you again) and Stevie for the tip.  I’m shopping on Amazon and see BKF sold as a Cleaner or as a Cleaner and Polish.  Can I assume the BKF you’re recommending is the Cleaner only??
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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2018, 12:18:01 PM »
I wasn't sure on this one either, ended up with the "Soft Cleanser Liquid (13 OZ) and Non Scratch Scouring Scrubber Kit"

Yes, cleaner only, not cleaner + polish.

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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2018, 12:25:55 PM »
Got it!

Thanks again!

Happy brewing!!!
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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2018, 01:05:05 PM »
Got it!

Thanks again!

Happy brewing!!!
No prob, cheers!

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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2018, 02:25:30 PM »
It happens. BKF will remove and also help passivate the surface preventing return.

Thanks Stevie, I will try the BKF.

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Re: Rust in brand new HLT kettle
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2018, 04:59:46 PM »
I like the liquid stuff too. The powder isn’t bad, but the liquid is just much easier to work with and doesn’t clump up in the container.