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Old 10-12-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default Aluminum pot "seasoning" question....

I just received my new aluminum pot and it suggests:

Wash with soap and water and rinse. Dry, then coating with light cooking oil, heat slowly until "quite hot, but before smoke is visible." Turn off heat and let cool. Again add oil and heat. Cool and heat one more time. Empty and clean the pot with cold water. Your pot is now seasoned.

Later it says:

If you... boil plain water, this may cause discoloration or staining. This can be easily removed, either by cooking acidic foods (tomatoes, rhubarb, etc.) or by using a mild aluminum cleaner. This removes the stain without affecting the taste, color, or quality of the food.

So the question- how do these directions influence me going forward to use this as a HLT and BK?

Thanks. I just want to get this right so I can finally brew.

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Old 10-12-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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Dont use any oil. Just boil some water. And your done.

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Old 10-12-2008, 08:11 PM   #3
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Assuming you're only going to use this pot for brewing (which you should), just follow what BuffaloSabresBrewer says.

You won't have any issues.

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Old 10-12-2008, 09:05 PM   #4
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The staining they are referring to is a necessary Al oxide layer that you should build up before brewing. If your pot fits in the oven, you can heat it for a while and that'll do the trick. Consult how to brew for temp/time. Most people just boil water for 30 mins or so.

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thats what i did. It will change color but why do you care- its not a beauty contest after all. Were brewing beer

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This is a brew only pot, bought specifically for this purpose. I do not care if it is "shiny", as stated, I just wanted to make sure I do it right. I knew palmer et al. mentioned boiling and baking, but had never come across the oil seasoning. Since the manufacturer stated it, I was unsure if I needed to heed that advice for brewing- uncertain I turned here!

So, after this feedback, I believe I will just be baking/boiling it this evening.

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Dont use any oil. Just boil some water. And your done.
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And if it discolors...BFD! It's a boil kettle not a bumper on your 66 split window. You'll be fine.
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If you're using this with a gas burner, odds are it's not going to stay completely pretty looking no matter what you do to season it anyway.

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This is a brew only pot, bought specifically for this purpose. I do not care if it is "shiny", as stated, I just wanted to make sure I do it right. I knew palmer et al. mentioned boiling and baking, but had never come across the oil seasoning. Since the manufacturer stated it, I was unsure if I needed to heed that advice for brewing- uncertain I turned here!

So, after this feedback, I believe I will just be baking/boiling it this evening.
One important thing that I didn't really see anyone mention is the fact that you WANT the discoloraton. The discoloration is oxide on the pot, which acts like a protective barrier for your wort. NEVER EVER try to clean that oxidation off.....EVER.
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