The Brew Kettle - Ss Brewtech FAQ`s
Recirculation Port Plug up top should be
installed the same as the Thermometer
Port Plug shown here.
• Stainless steel scrubbing pads or Scotch-Brite pads. These will
remove the protective oxide layer on the stainless and may cause
discoloring, and in severe cases rust can form.
• Oxalic Acid cleaners such as Bar Keeper’s Friend, Kleen King, or
Revere Ware Stainless cleaners on the electrically etched volume
markings and logo. They may cause the markings to fade.
• Chlorine bleach or chlorine based products. Chlorine can cause
pitting of stainless steel, or pin holes through the surface which
cannot be repaired.
• OxiClean or other peroxide cleaners in combination with hard water.
These can cause calcium carbonate to precipitate onto the surface.
If this happens re-passivate your Brew Kettle.
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The Brew Kettle
Quick Reference Guide
Stainless Steel Prep
Kettle Operation and Best Practices
Pre-Clean: Prior to first time use, thoroughly wash all surfaces of the kettle,
including the valve and fittings, with Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) in hot
water, mixed to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Scrub with a soft terry
cloth, and after the initial TSP wash, rinse thoroughly and dry all surfaces.
Passivation: It’s good practice to periodically passivate all stainless steel
equipment with an acid based solution to establish a uniform passive oxide
layer that will maximize corrosion resistance. Following the pre-clean step,
fill the kettle with Star San at a concentration of 1 ounce per gallon at 7080°F for 30 minutes. Moving forward, for best stainless performance,
passivation should be performed at least once a year or anytime you
believe you may have inadvertently scratched the surface.
Cleaning and Sanitizing: As part of a regular cleaning regimen both pre
and post-boil/mash, wash the interior surfaces of your kettle with an alkali
cleaner such as PBW at a ratio of 0.75 ounce per gallon.
Kettle Assembly
Once the initial pre-clean step is complete, begin by locating the weldless
bulkhead fitting and ball valve. Place the white PTFE plastic washer onto
the bulkhead fitting. Feed the male threads through the interior of the
kettle’s lower ball valve port. Then insert the included high-heat silicone
O-ring onto the threads, which are now visible from the exterior of the kettle.
Lastly, thread the ball valve onto the fitting, making sure that the silicone
O-ring lines up with the ball valve’s O-ring groove. Use a wrench to tighten
the bulkhead fitting while firmly holding the ball valve with the opposite hand.
Next, locate the thermometer port and recirculation port compression fit
plugs. Place the silicone O-ring onto the plug’s male threads, then feed the
plug into the thermometer port from the exterior of the kettle. Then place
the PTFE washer onto the now visible threads on the interior of the kettle.
Lastly, thread the lock nut onto the plug from the interior of the kettle. Lastly,
immobilize the plug from the inside with a flathead screwdriver while you
use a wrench to tighten the lock nut. Perform, the same assembly process
for the recirculation port. Diagram on back of the quick reference guide.
What’s in the Box
The Brew Kettle and Lid
3-Piece 1/2″ Ball Valve
Weldless Bulkhead Fitting
Dip Tube w/ Trub Dam
Silicon Trub Dam Blade
(2) Port Plugs (1 for 5.5 Kettle)
(3) PTFE and (3) Silicon O-rings
Once cleaned and assembled, your kettle is now ready for use. Our
kettles were designed with advanced brewing practices in mind, and suit
a wide variety of needs including boil kettles, mash vessels, or hot liquor
tanks. Depending on the intended use, you have the ability to individually
configure your kettle with optional accessories to fill a specific role within
your brew house.
If you intend to use the vessel primarily as a boil kettle. The trub dam is a
key feature that will inhibit the transfer of break material and hop residue
into the fermenter. For best results, immediately following the boil, create a
whirlpool by vigorously stirring or using a wort pump along with our optional
whirpool fitting.
The effectiveness of the trub dam is dependent on creating a trub cone in
the center of the vessel. Furthermore, fining agents such as Whirlfloc or
irish moss can also be used to assist in the process of creating a uniform
trub cone. This process is especially important for brewers that typically
utilize whole or leaf hops, since they can easily clog the dip tube.
If you intend to use the vessel as a mash tun, we have optional false
bottoms available that easily integrates with the kettle’s included features
and fittings. Furthermore, the upper recirculation port can be utilized as
part of a RIMS/HERMS installation for the most accurate mash temperature
stability. We have several optional accessories including a recirculation
manifold, vorlauf attachment and bulkhead that can be utilized as part of a
recirculating mash system.
If you plan to utilize a propane or gas burner, take care to insure that
the burner is sized appropriately. Direct flame or heat that comes into
the contact with the ball valve or thermometer can cause damage to the
thermometer’s and/or ball valve’s interior seals. Always brew on a flat,
nonflammable surface. Furthermore, our kettles do include a tri-clad bottom
that is induction burner compatible.
Lastly, while our kettles are designed to be lifted while full, never attempt
to lift a kettle that contains hot liquid due to the risk of injury or scalding to
yourself or others. As a solution, utilize a wort pump to transfer hot liquids to
avoid injury.
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