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Old 11-20-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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Default Ok, tell me why I shouldn't buy one of these...

Big Aluminum pots, probably really weak handles, but $10 for a 10 gallon pot?!?
$24 for a 13 gallon pot?!? Looks like a good deal to me, until I can afford to get a keggle set-up

Edit: I meant $20 for the 10 gal...

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Old 11-20-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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Now ya done opened the debate can. Some people believe there is a link to aluminum pots and Alzheimers. Which makes some kind of sense, but there are plenty of notes and studies that say otherwise. So I would say use it. I did for a while... here's the deal:

When people saw me using my pot, the same pot that I had created them hundreds of batches of tasty beer, they freaked out. Yep, freakout out so much I stopped using my trusty old 10 gallon. But hey they make a killer HLT though.

If you use one, stay in the closet.

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You mean $20 for the 10 gallon, right??

I would check the thickness of them. If they're not 4mm thick (wall) then I'd pass. Also check to see how strong the handles are, and are held onto the sides.

Do you have a way to get that much wort up to a boil?

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If you're not carrying it around full of liquid, and you're sure you can boil that much volume, why not. Just temporary, don't expect it to last long, and definitely vigorously boil water in it for a good half hour before first use. Never clean it with oxy clean or put star-san in it. LEave that discolored oxide layer on it, just clean with hot water and a mild scrubbie. Aluminum is fine, but again, those pots aren't made to last. But for $20?? Save your pennies in the meantime though.

My first kettles were 8g aluminum from instawares.com for about $30something shipped. Still use one for the HLT. 4mm thickness.

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You mean $20 for the 10 gallon, right??

I would check the thickness of them. If they're not 4mm thick (wall) then I'd pass. Also check to see how strong the handles are, and are held onto the sides.

Do you have a way to get that much wort up to a boil?
Yeah, I meant $20 for the 10 gal...

I have a 32qt turkey fryer right now that I;m looking to turn into a HLT. I do plan on getting a better burner soon, but for 6 gal batches this works for now.

I do plan on adding a ball valve (on whichever one I end up getting), so I won't be lifting it too much while it's full.
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IF it's 4mm thick walls, then it should last a good long time. The better ones are made for use in restaurants where they're getting the snot beat out of them on a daily basis.

I agree that you'll need to boil as much water in it as possible, before you use it for the first time. This will build up the oxide (aluminum oxide) layer that will be a barrier between the aluminum pot and your wort. Leave it intact and all will be very well.

BTW, I used an aluminum kettle (converted the pot into a kettle myself) that was 4mm thick walls. I've moved on to bigger, and brighter (stainless) things (keggles) but my brew-buddy is still using it. I expect it to last for many years, and hundreds (if not more) of batches.

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Now ya done opened the debate can. Some people believe there is a link to aluminum pots and Alzheimers. Which makes some kind of sense, but there are plenty of notes and studies that say otherwise. So I would say use it. I did for a while... here's the deal:

When people saw me using my pot, the same pot that I had created them hundreds of batches of tasty beer, they freaked out. Yep, freakout out so much I stopped using my trusty old 10 gallon. But hey they make a killer HLT though.

If you use one, stay in the closet.
Yeah, I've heard the debate and I figure some will come here and present this argument. I'm not too worried about it for a temporary solution though...
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Yeah, I've heard the debate and I figure some will come here and present this argument. I'm not too worried about it for a temporary solution though...
IF it's a well made pot, it could be about as temporary as life. If it's cheaply made, then I'd pass. Would seriously suck to have it fail during a brew-day.
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Yeah, I've heard the debate and I figure some will come here and present this argument. I'm not too worried about it for a temporary solution though...
Mine was supposed to be temporary too. LOL. I had it for 5 years. Worked great then one day.... people. Can't change perception and it became a huge issue among my supposed beer following. But in reality Brewing on a temp system is BETTER than brewing on NO system. I live out west so I have seen those pans in the latino marts they seem ok.
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Do a quick search for tamale pot and see what comes up.
There is a thread that was started in the last couple days by someone using one of those pots. Others chimed in.
The pot warps, bows and dances on the stove because it's not well made, or not made well for the use that you want to do.
Probably made very well for what it's sold as.
There is a reason it's so cheap. It does the job of boiling a small amount of water to steam those awesome little tamale's great, but based on reports of guys using them it doesn't hold up to the heat of a heavy boil for extended periods of time.

Found the thread!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/dancing-tamale-pot-368679/

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