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Old 07-02-2012, 09:39 PM   #21
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I have cooked a number of things in my brew pot. From spaghetti to a giant batch of rice crispy treats. It's nice to have the large size around when entertaining people. Something I've notice I do more of now that there is beer on tap in my garage.

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:12 PM   #22
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My wife ended up cooking a 3 gallon batch of baked beans in my brew kettle while J was on the road. Came home to my horror seeing my big shiny kettle covered from base to lid in dried beans. After making her scrub it out (or more like me scrubbing it out, just wanted to pretend for a second that I'm in charge) it still brews fine with no off flavors. Though if I drink too much of my home brew I get some gas. Might be a hold over from the beans.

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Old 07-03-2012, 12:10 AM   #23
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Boiling the lobster in some beer might be pretty good.

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Old 07-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #24
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My wife is the demanding that we cook lobsters in my brew kettle because it will fit like 10 of them at once.... will this be detrimental to my beer?
only if you try to save time and do one combined boil.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:17 AM   #25
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I cooked crab legs in my kettle and I could never get the odor out. I tried starsan, bleach, and oxyclean. It would seem clean and even smell clean, but as soon as I boiled water, the smell would return. I finally gave up and got a new pot. Others seemed to have been successful cleaning it, but I sure did not.

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Old 07-03-2012, 01:09 AM   #26
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I cooked crab legs in my kettle and I could never get the odor out. I tried starsan, bleach, and oxyclean. It would seem clean and even smell clean, but as soon as I boiled water, the smell would return. I finally gave up and got a new pot. Others seemed to have been successful cleaning it, but I sure did not.
Was it aluminum or stainless steel?
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:17 AM   #27
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Good question. It was an aluminum turkey frier. Stainless would probably do better.

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Old 07-03-2012, 01:26 AM   #28
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I have done a turkey in my aluminum kettle (twice), and with some good scrubbing it was just fine for the next brew (both times). I've never actually done shellfish though...you would think though, that if you had a well conditioned aluminum kettle, it shouldn't hold odors...

As an aside, I will be at Dogfish on Friday, and I really hope they still have that Choc Lobster brew...definitely have to try that one, even if just for the h-e-double hockey sticks of it...

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:55 AM   #29
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My brew kettle is my big stock pot that I have had for years. Have done shrimp/crawfish boils, lobster, steamed oysters, chili, and about anything else that requires a big pot. Have not noticed any off flavors in beer or food

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Old 07-03-2012, 01:51 PM   #30
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I've used mine for scalding chickens when plucking and butchering.

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