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Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:13
by iwoo
I have just had delivered a 50 litre stainless steel happy fermentor from Italy. It will replace my plastic fermentor. How do I clean it out before first use. It appears to be very clean inside. Do I need to passivate it ?

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Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:22
by Saccharomyces
I don't see why you would need to passivate it. I'd just give it a good clean with warm detergent and a non-stick scourer to remove any oils then rinse with hot water. Lots of hot water.

Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:18
by HTH1975
+1 for a good clean

I'd probably boil some clean water in it afterwards too, just to be sure and get rid of any 'newness', if that makes sense.

Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 17:05
by rpt
SS Brewtech recommend cleaning their stainless fermenters with PBW or TSP followed by passivation. I used citric acid.

Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:21
by iwoo
Ok thanks for the information I will try the detergent and scouring followed by a mild citric acid warm flush

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Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 00:30
by PhatFil
i wouldnt use detergent, it leaves deposits that are hard to rinse off that can kill head retention in your brews. unscented generic laundry oxi is a good soak cleaner ;)

Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:12
by iwoo
Is oxi clean ok on stainless?

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Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:23
by HTH1975
iwoo wrote:Is oxi clean ok on stainless?

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I've been using it for 18 months

Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:36
by iwoo
Just checking cheers

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Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 08:00
by INDIAPALEALE
rpt wrote:SS Brewtech recommend cleaning their stainless fermenters with PBW or TSP followed by passivation. I used citric acid.


Brewtech also say DO NOT USE Barkeepers Friend which leads me to doubt the quality of their SS.

Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 08:10
by rpt
INDIAPALEALE wrote:Brewtech also say DO NOT USE Barkeepers Friend which leads me to doubt the quality of their SS.

Not true. They do recommend it but do say not to use it on the etched volume markings or logo.

Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:51
by iwoo
Qmax

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Re: Cleaning new stainless steel fermenter

PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 13:31
by PhatFil
iwoo wrote:Qmax

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