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Old 08-29-2007, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default Crawfish Pot Turned Brew Pot

Ok so here's the deal. I'm going to make the move to all grain this weekend but I need a bigger pot than my 6 gallon that we used for extract. I have a 10 gallon crawfish pot that's a little dirty smelling since I rarely use it and just for boiling seafood. I'd like to be able to use it but I feel like I should treat it before using it. Anyone ever done this before?

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Old 08-29-2007, 01:01 AM   #2
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Give it a good cleaning or two & it will be fine.

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:37 AM   #3
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I'd boil a batch of just plain water in it and then use it for brewing. The boiling session will clean out anything you don't want in the pot.

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:43 AM   #4
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mmmm...crawfish

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:43 AM   #5
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Let it soak with oxyclean for a couple hours. Rinse it out and then boil an entire batch of just water. Then you def should be ready to go.
Who knows ... might add some flayor ;-)

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:47 AM   #6
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Or get some Powdered Brewers Wash. A soak in hot water with a few Tbs. of PBW will do wonders followed by scrubbing with Bar Keepers Friend. I've used my 8 gallon pot for turkey frys and cajun boils and you can't tell.

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Is it aluminum, Not trying to start the big debate, if so i would give it a little extra cleaning, because it is porous and can harbor oils in the metal and the oil can come out during your beer making and kill the head retention on your final product.

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Hey guys. Thanks for all the replies. I posted then I crashed on the couch.

Yes it is aluminum and I can't believe I forgot to post that part.

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Mine's aluminum and I just give it a couple of hot water-n-soap scrubs. It comes out squeeky clean each time.

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Is it aluminum, Not trying to start the big debate, if so i would give it a little extra cleaning, because it is porous and can harbor oils in the metal and the oil can come out during your beer making and kill the head retention on your final product.

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My opinion also. I used my s/s brew pot for crawfish, then made sure it was super clean before I did my next brew. Worked out fine, but I'd rather not use my equipment for dual use. Got a 100 quart aluminum pot for my crawfish though.

Didn't realize we had people that new what crawfish were. FYI, like mini lobsters, but much better (if you use a LOT of Zatarans and cayenne)
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