Hey all, I'm looking at stepping up volume capacities after a failed beer this weekend and need some help. My current brew kettle is approximately 4-gallon capacity, so I'm looking at a larger stock pot/LP gas cooker system (turkey fryer comes to mind). My only hesitation with buying a turkey fryer for brewing is the stock pot is aluminum and not stainless. Will the AL be fine considering the duration of heat applied for brewing or should I drop the money to get stainless?
As long as you boil water in the aluminum pot prior to using it, you should have no problems. I bought a new 30 qt aluminum pot this weekend. Boiled 6 gal of water in it Sat and brewed on Sun. The boiling water helps to seal the pores in the aluminum. You will see a change in the "color" of the inside of the pot. It will get much more dull once it's where it needs to be.
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Aluminum pots work very well. The only down side to the pot typically included with a turkey fryer kit is its size. A 30 quart pot is enough for 5 gallon batches. However, you have to be very diligent in preventing boil overs. I made the move to a 40 quart stainless on my last batch. I had no problems with boil overs. I did have a problem in reaching a boil. My turkey fryer has the typical burner and a 5 PSI regulator. Using this set up it took me an hour to reach a boil. Last week I bought a new banjo burner with a 10 PSI regulator and boiled 6 gallons of water in 25 minutes.
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