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    Cleaning an aluminum brew kettle

    I would like some input on the best way to clean an aluminum brew kettle. TIA.

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    Raw or bare aluminum will oxidize when left out in the environment. This oxidation provides a protective layer that will help keep the "aluminum taste" from getting in your brew. It was recommended to me to only use a mild detergent like dish soap and a non-abrasive brush for cleaning. That way you will not remove the oxidized layer.

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    @BrewGuy: Would you be kind enough to describe what you mean by "aluminum taste"? I've had a flavor issue in some batches recently and I'm trying to rule things out one by one. Many thanks!
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    Secondary: Polecat 125 IBU Pale
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrewGuy
    Raw or bare aluminum will oxidize when left out in the environment. This oxidation provides a protective layer that will help keep the "aluminum taste" from getting in your brew. It was recommended to me to only use a mild detergent like dish soap and a non-abrasive brush for cleaning. That way you will not remove the oxidized layer.
    I havn't used soap ever, on anything. works for me

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