Originally Posted by wolfman_48442
If your father will let you use the turkey fryer for a few batches, why not go that route and see if you like brewing?
If yes, you can invest in some quality gear.
If not, you've only spent money on ingredients and a little bit of gear.
Just remember to clean the hell out of the fryer if it's ever had oil in it, or your beer will suck!
Yes - he has a new toy for the holidays that he just got - a smoker. He only used the fryer maybe 2-3 times. I just took a look at it and it's basically spotless with exception to the top 1 inch or so of the pot near the rim. Other than that I see nothing...no stain...no oil...etc.
The thing is using the 30 qt would be over kill for a partial boil though. I'm going to start that way since many of the kits are partial boil recipes. They don't put instructions in the kits on how to adjust the hops...etc. with a full boil because they are meant for partials.
I could easily just buy a heavy duty 32-40 qt SS with a spigot and be done. But then I would also be laying down $150+ for that without knowing if I'm going to stick with it. That is why I was thinking 20-24 qt to begin with...that way if it doesn't work out...then I have a large stockpot that I could use for boiling corn...or other cooking for larger groups that come over. Currently my largest stockpot is 8 qt.
I guess I'm asking if the smaller route is the way to go considering what I'm thinking and then comes the SS vs AL....more from the view of which is better value...not so much the aluminum vs SS on the cooking of the wort.