Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

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Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

Post by Fuggled Mind » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:57 am

Hi everyone

I always use plastic FVs for my brews but I'd like to try stainless steel (only for 30 lites).

What are the best products for cleaning and sanitising?

Any help and advice appreciated

Cheers

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Re: Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

Post by Hanglow » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:21 am

What is it, aluminium or SS? your title says one thing your post another :D

I wouldn't use aluminium as it's easy to scratch and reactive with acids etc.

SS is great, much easier to clean and harder to scratch than plastic, I would just use the standard PBW and star san combo that works so well.
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Re: Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

Post by LeeH » Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:15 am

Hanglow wrote:What is it, aluminium or SS? your title says one thing your post another :D
His mind is truly fuggled.



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Re: Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

Post by Fuggled Mind » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:38 pm

It is stainless steel - you're right, my mind is well and truly fuggled. Best have another beer then
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Re: Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

Post by Hanglow » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:18 pm

Always the correct answer :)
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Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

Post by LeeH » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:09 pm

Clean with oxi/pbw, them with bar keepers friend cream for extra shiny points.

Star Star rinse before use.




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Re: Cleaning and sanitising aluminium

Post by Robwalkeragain » Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:00 am

Always finish with an acid wash, it’ll passivate the steel and leave a thin protective layer on, plus it stops beerstone from building up.
Caustic is best providing everything is stainless (no brass fittings, rubber seals etc)
If you use pbw make sure it gets a good rinse!

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