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Dr_Waleed
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 3:52am
Subject: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in my new stainless steel coffee pot ?
 

Hi everybody,
Yesterday, I've received my new stainless steel coffee pot, Bialetti Musa elegance. It has a fabulous glossy look with ergonomic handle and knob. As usual, I brewed coffee in it for the first time and threw it. When I rinsed it, I got a very strong metallic smell form the water reservoir. I brewed coffee twice after that (total of 3 times). I enjoyed the coffee at the fourth brew which reminded me of the perfect coffee I used to brew with my first coffee pot, Bialetti aluminium moka express. I still get that strong metallic smell from the water resrvoir although it didn't change the coffee taste.

Is that normal with any new stainless steel coffee pot ? and any Ideas how I can get rid of it ?

Thanks
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 12:12pm
Subject: Re: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in Bialetti pot?
 

Dr_Waleed Said:

Hi everybody,
Yesterday, I've received my new stainless steel coffee pot, Bialetti Musa elegance. It has a fabulous glossy look with ergonomic handle and knob. As usual, I brewed coffee in it for the first time and threw it. When I rinsed it, I got a very strong metallic smell form the water reservoir. I brewed coffee twice after that (total of 3 times). I enjoyed the coffee at the fourth brew which reminded me of the perfect coffee I used to brew with my first coffee pot, Bialetti aluminium moka express. I still get that strong metallic smell from the water resrvoir although it didn't change the coffee taste.

Is that normal with any new stainless steel coffee pot ? and any Ideas how I can get rid of it ?

Thanks

Posted March 14, 2013 link

Well, are you using filtered water, or RO?
If the latter, that is your problem, as RO leeches the mineral content out of whatever it touches, Dr....including the calcium in your bones!!
Rinse it out with soap and water, rinse thoroughly, and allow to dry on it's own.

 
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Dr_Waleed
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 12:25pm
Subject: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in my new stainless steel coffee pot
 

Thanks bro for the nice tip.
I'm using bottled drinking water with TDS of 120 (not so bad).
I just wanna make sure if it's what's called "new appliance" smell that goes gradually with frequent use.
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 2:38pm
Subject: Re: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in Bialetti pot?
 

IMAWriter Said:

leeches the mineral content out of whatever it touches, Dr....including the calcium in your bones!!

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Now stop that joking, you know as well as I do, that it does not leech mineral content from your bones, unless you remove the bones from your body and submerge them in RO water!

You will start off a whole load of witch Doctors banging on about RO water leaving you're body a withered husk devoid of any mineral content, likening RO water as a substance more dangerous than the Alien encountered in Star Treks “The Man Trap” <lol>
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 4:08pm
Subject: Re: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in Bialetti pot ?
 

Maybe try something a bit more aggressive than simply rinsing or brewing to clean it?
I don't mean sand-blasting or boiling sodium hydroxide, but perhaps a trip through the dishwasher would help?

I have a stainless steel moka pot and if it had a metal smell when I first used it I've long since forgotten about it.
Probably the metal got into my brain.
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013, 11:57pm
Subject: Soap, water, vinegar, repeat, repeat, repeat
 

What you're calling a strong metallic smell is likely not due to the stainless steel, but chemical residue from manufacturing that persists pot after pot.  You should notice the smell going away slowly, but may be able to speed things up by running vinegar through a brew cycle followed by a few cycles of water, then repeating the process four or more times.  A good scrub with a brush and soapy water helps, too.

Stainless steel can react to acids, but you generally won't be able to smell its effect -- you'll taste it.

I own a stainless steel water kettle.  The vinegar helped reduce the smell to a tiny trace, after which repeated use took care of the rest.  However, it took about 5 runs of vinegar to make it acceptable.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2013, 1:37am
Subject: Re: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in my stainless steel coffee pot ?
 

Thank you bros for your advices.
Maybe I should try vinegar brew few times. Hopefully it will take care of the smell.
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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2013, 7:15am
Subject: Re: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in Bialetti pot?
 

DavecUK Said:

Now stop that joking, you know as well as I do, that it does not leech mineral content from your bones, unless you remove the bones from your body and submerge them in RO water!

You will start off a whole load of witch Doctors banging on about RO water leaving you're body a withered husk devoid of any mineral content, likening RO water as a substance more dangerous than the Alien encountered in Star Treks “The Man Trap” <lol>

Posted March 14, 2013 link

Hahahaha...the "salt sucker." Bones McCoy's ex flame.

Seriously , I have no problems with metallic taste from my Nissan thermos, even after 1 hour of very hot coffee stored. Coffee tastes fine, for 1 hour old coffee.
I'd do as suggested, clean clean, and clean again.

 
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013, 6:49pm
Subject: Re: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in Bialetti pot?
 

Wow..............you should not be getting any taste from stainless.................that is unless it is very bad stainless from China
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 7:45am
Subject: Re: How to get rid of a strong metallic smell in my Bialetti pot ?
 

I had similar problem too with my pot. Well, it took more or less a month of frequent rinsing until I couldn't detect a single trace of metallic taste in my coffee. Just make sure to rinse before and after use.

 
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