Try vinegar. Regards, Bwyze ... Yes, caustic soda will be fine to soak. An acid soak would work well, too. The only thing you really want to avoid at all costsMessage 1 of 5 , Mar 24, 2008View SourceTry vinegar.Regards,Bwyze
Trid <triddlywinks@...> wrote:--- subsonic40grain <subsonic40grain@ yahoo.co. nz> wrote:
> Hi all. I am part way through building a new boiler for my 2.5 inch
> column using a 55 litre stainless cider keg. I have plasma cut the top
> off and its ok and pretty clean inside (unlike the Guinness one!). To
> save me ages scrubbing it, is it ok to soak it with a cleaner like
> caustic soda? I just want it nice and clean before I use it for its
> primary use as a wort boiler. thanks, oh BTW a tip - if you don't have
> a dremel thingy a chainsaw file on an electric drill really tidies up
> the holes for the fittings etc. Cheers. Subsonic.
Yes, caustic soda will be fine to soak. An acid soak would work well, too.
The only thing you really want to avoid at all costs is chlorine/bleach.
Stainless is almost bullet proof with regards to acids and bases, but chlorine
is its "kryptonite. "
I remember a big stockpot belonging to a friend that had a layer of something
on the bottom, beer stone or something, that would...not. ..come... off!!! We
finally gave up, ran a stripping run of rum wash in it (moderately acidic as
washes go, maybe 5-ish) and when we poured out the dunder, the pot was
So, perhaps tossing in a few tablespoons of citric acid or a couple gallons of
spent wash and boiling for a bit might do the trick :)
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