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Old 03-04-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Can you use aluminum? Or is stainless steel the way to go? Just wondering, aluminum is cheaper.

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Old 03-04-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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I've never personally experienced it but what I've always heard is that aluminum will give you metallic off flavors.

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Old 03-04-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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You opened a can of worms... ha ha

Here's something I put together a while ago listing pros and cons of each:

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Old 03-04-2013, 08:06 PM   #4
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I've never personally experienced it but what I've always heard is that aluminum will give you metallic off flavors.
Absolutely NOT True...
Aluminum is perfectly fine to use if you want to save some cash. I used a turkey fryer aluminum pot for years before I upgraded to stainless.
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You just have to be sure to condition your aluminum pot before you boil your first batch. You can do this by filling your aluminum pot with plain tap water and boil for an hour in the new pot. Also, you don't want to clean the pot to a shiny brightness after you brew - basically hand wash with mild dish detergent and a non-scouring sponge works really well. The only time you can get metallic a taste is when you boil in a pot you haven't conditioned. I use an aluminum turkey fryer and it works like a charm.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #6
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Thank you, I believe that answers my question!

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and while you're conditioning, boiling for an hour, measure the volume you started with and how much you end up with

= boil-off rate per hour

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Like I said, it's what I've heard. I'm not saying its true. I don't personally have any experience with them. That was the info my LHB store owner told me. I trusted his advice since he's been brewing beer for almost 30 yrs.

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Some info on aluminum cookware,http://www.livestrong.com/article/475155-health-risks-of-cooking-in-aluminum/

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and while you're conditioning, boiling for an hour, measure the volume you started with and how much you end up with

= boil-off rate per hour
+1
Very good information to gather when you have the chance.
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