Re: Depressing day
The gunk in the stem is a byproduct of the mfg process, the rust will come out with a little lemon juice and water mixture and a brush down the stem. After that, as long as you keep it clean you will be fine. I am glad to hear that the vendor is taking care of it but when you get your new one it may be the same so give it a good washing with teh lemonjuice and water.
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