Just finished cooking up my first batch of home brew, and during the boil I boiled over just a little bit. Now there's this dark black burned stuff all over my stove that does not want to come off. Any ideas on cleaners to use?


  • What type of stove do you have? Is it a ceramic glass cooktop?
    – hartski
    Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 13:13

3 Answers 3


It's probably caramelized sugars. It will dissolve in water, given enough time. If your stove top is a shape that will allow this, put some warm water on top of the stains, and leave it there four an hour or two, or even overnight. Otherwise, saturate a dish cloth with warm water and place it on top of the stain. Again, leave it for a few hours before scrubbing.


A slightly stronger than normal PBW solution (or whatever cleanser you use for cleaning your brew equipment) will be all that's needed. Plus some time and elbow grease.


I used brillo pads and some elbow grease. Just be careful not to scrub too hard or you might remove some paint. This has worked an every stove I have. Using some hot water doesn't hurt either.

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