Using Bleach in stainless steel pot

Using Bleach in stainless steel pot

Post by John Majchrowit » Thu, 31 May 2001 10:08:42



This is my first attempt ever to brew a batch and I read that Sanitizing is
very important. So, after making my first wort cooler, I stuck it in my 5
Gal. Stainless Steel pot and filled it with five gals. of water with 5
tblspoons of bleach and 5 tblspoon of Hydrogen pyroxide. After 1 hour I had
spots in the pot. I scrubbed the pot with a new plastic scub sponge and
boiled some tap water in the pot for a half hour or so. Spots minimal but,
will this still affect the taste of my beer?
 
 
 

Using Bleach in stainless steel pot

Post by Falco » Thu, 31 May 2001 10:21:46


On Wed, 30 May 2001 01:08:42 GMT, "John Majchrowitz"

Quote:

>This is my first attempt ever to brew a batch and I read that Sanitizing is
>very important. So, after making my first wort cooler, I stuck it in my 5
>Gal. Stainless Steel pot and filled it with five gals. of water with 5
>tblspoons of bleach and 5 tblspoon of Hydrogen pyroxide. After 1 hour I had
>spots in the pot. I scrubbed the pot with a new plastic scub sponge and
>boiled some tap water in the pot for a half hour or so. Spots minimal but,
>will this still affect the taste of my beer?

Chlorine and stainless steel do not play together well.  Chlorine
(bleach) will indeed pit your pot, poet huh, and is not a good thing.
However, something acid, such as vinegar will help restore stainless
to the level of chromium oxide protection it once had.

Ciao,
Falcon
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Using Bleach in stainless steel pot

Post by Chris Verno » Thu, 31 May 2001 10:34:56


Mmmh.  That's not a lot of bleach or peroxide, so that probably didn't do
anything.  If a copper wort cooler rested inside a stainless steel pot for an
hour, that would have set up galvanic corrosion.  This isn't a serious problem
when cooling the brew because the cooler is only in there for a short time, and
the products are fairly insoluble.  If you've scrubbed it and boiled in it,
whatever is left probably won't hurt the brew.

I'm assuming it's an immersion wort cooler?  If so, there's no need to do
anything towards sanitation except getting it clean (hot water and a
scrubbing).  Put it into the wort for the last 10 minutes of the boil and it
will be sanitised.  Same goes for the boiling pot - as long as it's clean, the
boiling will do the sanitation.

Chris

Quote:

> This is my first attempt ever to brew a batch and I read that Sanitizing is
> very important. So, after making my first wort cooler, I stuck it in my 5
> Gal. Stainless Steel pot and filled it with five gals. of water with 5
> tblspoons of bleach and 5 tblspoon of Hydrogen pyroxide. After 1 hour I had
> spots in the pot. I scrubbed the pot with a new plastic scub sponge and
> boiled some tap water in the pot for a half hour or so. Spots minimal but,
> will this still affect the taste of my beer?

 
 
 

Using Bleach in stainless steel pot

Post by Mike Uchim » Thu, 31 May 2001 12:45:45


John --

It should be OK... I don't think 1 hour is long enough to do any
significant damage.  But in the future, keep the following things in
mind:

- Bleach and stainless steel do not get along.  If you must sanitize
stainless items, I suggest using an iodine-based sanitizer instead.
Iodine doesn't attack stainless the way chlorine does.

- You can probably remove what's left of the spots using a more abrasive
scouring pad, e.g. "Scotch Brite".

- It is not necessary to use chemical sanitizers on your brewpot, or
your immersion chiller.  Both will be adequately sanitized by the
boiling wort (just put the chiller in the pot for the last few minutes
of the boil, without turning on the chiller water).

Welcome to a great hobby, and good luck on your first batch!  I think
you'll be hooked in no time...

--

Quote:

> This is my first attempt ever to brew a batch and I read that Sanitizing is
> very important. So, after making my first wort cooler, I stuck it in my 5
> Gal. Stainless Steel pot and filled it with five gals. of water with 5
> tblspoons of bleach and 5 tblspoon of Hydrogen pyroxide. After 1 hour I had
> spots in the pot. I scrubbed the pot with a new plastic scub sponge and
> boiled some tap water in the pot for a half hour or so. Spots minimal but,
> will this still affect the taste of my beer?

 
 
 

Using Bleach in stainless steel pot

Post by B. Douglas Hilto » Thu, 31 May 2001 13:43:14


Hi.

Having worked in various pizza shops while in college, I know that
almost all food services rinse all their stainless cookware in a
bleach solution. However it is just a quick dip in and out and then
the item is set out to dry.

I just ordered some of that Iodophor stuff for myself though.

- Doug

Quote:

> tblspoons of bleach and 5 tblspoon of Hydrogen pyroxide. After 1 hour I had
> spots in the pot. I scrubbed the pot with a new plastic scub sponge and
> boiled some tap water in the pot for a half hour or so. Spots minimal but,
> will this still affect the taste of my beer?