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    Scorched Kettle

    So I was making a Scotch Ale last night with a friends kettle and unfortunately while doing the extended boil, I scorched the s--t out of the kettle. There's a good 1/32" of black stuff coating the bottom of it. It's aluminum, does anyone know of a fix that doesn't involve scratching an entire layer of aluminum off of the bottom? I'd like to avoid having to buy a brand new one. As always, any help is VERY much appreciated.
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    Use baking soda or Bon Amie. Or, if it's completely dried out, you can use salt as an abrasive. Bon Amie is my favorite because it's denser than the burn, but less than the metal so there shouldn't be any loss. Elbow Grease still required.
    Two ciders please, I'm thirsty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maltyapples
    Use baking soda or Bon Amie. Or, if it's completely dried out, you can use salt as an abrasive. Bon Amie is my favorite because it's denser than the burn, but less than the metal so there shouldn't be any loss. Elbow Grease still required.
    Elbow grease?!?!?!

    Malty-do you realize just how many precious calories I could be sacrificing with that kind of work?
    "Nothing matters
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    with cheap dreams and a beer."
    -Butowski

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baacktoberfest
    Elbow grease?!?!?!

    Malty-do you realize just how many precious calories I could be sacrificing with that kind of work?
    Not nearly as many as you'll get back from your next batch!
    Two ciders please, I'm thirsty!

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    That's true. When you look at it that way, you see that it's really more of an investment than anything else.
    "Nothing matters
    but flopping on a mattress
    with cheap dreams and a beer."
    -Butowski

    Bottled: Maiden Voyage Imperial Stout, Dumpster Fire Cherry Ale & Belgian Dubbel
    Primary: Nothing-YIKES!
    On Deck: American Chauvinist Ale & Demon Concubine Black IPA

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    First give it a good long soak (>24 hours) with some dishwasher detergent in the water. If that doesn't work, abrasives are your only route.
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    Probably too late, but there's a product called "Carbon Off" available at any GFS Marketplace (open to the public) and I'm sure available many other places. All you do is spray it on, leave it over night, then rinse off in the morning. Works WONDERS on a stove top to remove any and all things that weren't there when you bought it.

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    I forgot to post how this one ended up. I poured water into the kettel after rinsing it out. I was going try sanding it off, so I emptied the water out of it and put a hair dryer in it to dry it out. I came back after about 30 minutes and all of the cardon had flaked off. I have no idea why.
    "Nothing matters
    but flopping on a mattress
    with cheap dreams and a beer."
    -Butowski

    Bottled: Maiden Voyage Imperial Stout, Dumpster Fire Cherry Ale & Belgian Dubbel
    Primary: Nothing-YIKES!
    On Deck: American Chauvinist Ale & Demon Concubine Black IPA

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    A miracle from the beer gods? I'd say a proper thank you would be to brew more beer.
    Two ciders please, I'm thirsty!

    On deck: Soon Cider
    Fermenting: None
    bottled: Old and dusty something rathers
    Secondary: None
    Kegged: Carbonated Water (enjoying home made soda syrups)

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