Piperbrew
Having to still do my first all grain brew in my new stainless 50 litre boiling kettle. I saw comments regarding treating the stainless before it is used (cant find them now) ....what exactly do I need to do to the pot before I use it?

Cheers

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Hops_and_Dreams
Piperbrew wrote:
Having to still do my first all grain brew in my new stainless 50 litre boiling kettle. I saw comments regarding treating the stainless before it is used (cant find them now) ....what exactly do I need to do to the pot before I use it?

Cheers


I've never seen this said before, though I'm not saying it's wrong. I've got a stainless boiler and not treated it, been using it for a couple of years. What does the treatment do?
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Pinto
Stainless steels can actually rust - like aluminium, their resistance is provided by a thin layer on the surface provided by oxidation of the nickel content.  If the pot has been drilled or abraded, this coating is damaged so needs to be restored - this is done by exposing the surface to an acid (in our context, Citric acid is best) in a process called "Pickling"

Basically - dont bother unless you've have the pot extensively mucked about with, soldered or welded 😉
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Hops_and_Dreams
Pinto wrote:
Stainless steels can actually rust - like aluminium, their resistance is provided by a thin layer on the surface provided by oxidation of the nickel content.  If the pot has been drilled or abraded, this coating is damaged so needs to be restored - this is done by exposing the surface to an acid (in our context, Citric acid is best) in a process called "Pickling"

Basically - dont bother unless you've have the pot extensively mucked about with, soldered or welded 😉

Didn't know that, thanks. I wonder if the brew shop did this with my pre drilled pot...
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GHW
I bought a SS pot, didn’t know about this and had no issues, if you’ve bought it from a shop it should be sold ready to rumble, so get brewing!
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Pesho77
What your talking about is passivation, which hasn't been proven to have any significant effects. so i wouldn't bother

 Pesh
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