I have a two piece tea kettle used for brewing black Turkish Tea. The bottom part is used strictly for water (specifically faucet water), whereas the top is for steeping the concentrate of the tea.
Today I noticed some really odd discoloration on the lower portion of the kettle:
After some web searching I thought it was limescale so I boiled vinegar + water and cleaned it off with a rag and some baking soda, here is what the rag looked like after some scrubbing.
So my question(s) is; is this limescale? And if not, what is it? Is it fine to boil water in it like this?