Cleaning aluminium firkins - emergency cleaning product?

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Cleaning aluminium firkins - emergency cleaning product?

Post by DeGarre » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:58 pm

Hello, some delivery problems and tomorrow is supposed be a racking day. Isinglass and everything ready. We ran out of Caustic and new delivery is delayed,
I am a bit worried that my isinglass solution will spoil.

We usually rinse, spray with caustic in hot water, rinse again and sanitise. Any other product I could use in an emergency to clean aluminium firkins? Something I could pick up from a supermarket?

Some conflicting info on bleach and oxyclean for aluminium so perhaps I should just test with hot water (70-80degC) (and fairy... :roll: ) if I get a fresh clean smell...

Thanks!

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Re: Cleaning aluminium firkins - emergency cleaning product?

Post by themadhippy » Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:06 pm

is caustic soda the same as caustic? if so wilkinsons stock it
http://www.wilko.com/kitchen-cleaning-p ... vt/1159440
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Re: Cleaning aluminium firkins - emergency cleaning product?

Post by wezzel01 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:13 pm

DONT clean aluminium with caustic soda. It will melt.

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Re: Cleaning aluminium firkins - emergency cleaning product?

Post by DeGarre » Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:31 am

wezzel01 wrote:DONT clean aluminium with caustic soda. It will melt.
Sorry, stainless. Don't know where I got the aluminium from.

And I guess problem solved, have some Nipac left.

Thanks for your comment, without it might've taken a day or two before I realised stainless not aluminium... :oops:

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Re: Cleaning aluminium firkins - emergency cleaning product?

Post by Wezzel » Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:10 pm

Pleased that you are sorted.

I used to decoke my motorbike exhausts with strong caustic soda. Unfortunately a mate tried to do the same to his cylinder head and it dissolved. Expensivel mistake

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