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Old 04-02-2013, 03:36 AM   #1
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Hi,

We just did our first batch of beer and besides some minor mistakes everything went fairly good. Our major problem is that the aluminium pot we were using was new, and we had to use a steel wire wool scrub to remove some stickers inside. Besides, we didn't boil water in the pot before making the wort, so the pot turned black after making the wort but was not black before making the wort.

Our doubt is whether some aluminium of the pot could have been dissolved in the beer and could have ruined the batch. Also if it would be wise to buy a new pot after using the steel wire wool scrub.

Any advise?

Thanks in advance!!!!

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I would say as long as the wort came to a boil you kill any bacteria (which is the real bad guy for beer). The batch won't be ruined. There is a lot of debate of aluminium vs steel. In the end, there is no real good reason to use aluminium, aside from cheaper and lighter. Steel is for food grade, it's 'better' but when you think about it you probably have other areas that would be worth putting money into first.
-an excellent thermometer
-all grain, a great mash tun
-glass fermenters
-etc.

The issue with scratching is more for fermenters. Since you bring your wort to a boil, you kill the baddies. Just remember, clean with PBW, use some StarSan, and you are good to go.

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Hi,

We just did our first batch of beer and besides some minor mistakes everything went fairly good. Our major problem is that the aluminium pot we were using was new, and we had to use a steel wire wool scrub to remove some stickers inside. Besides, we didn't boil water in the pot before making the wort, so the pot turned black after making the wort but was not black before making the wort.

Our doubt is whether some aluminium of the pot could have been dissolved in the beer and could have ruined the batch. Also if it would be wise to buy a new pot after using the steel wire wool scrub.

Any advise?

Thanks in advance!!!!
No worries, your beer will be fine. The acid wort has done the oxidation for you (the darkening of the pot). Do NOT scrub this off. For a boil kettle you only need to clean it with plain water or mild dish soap, there is no reason to scrub it with anything.

Stainless Steel should be cleaned with an Oxalic acid based cleaner like Barkeepers Friend to maintain the passivation layer (chromium oxide) which prevents it from rusting.
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Good news!!!!

Thank you very much for the help guys.

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Stainless Steel should be cleaned with an Oxalic acid based cleaner like Barkeepers Friend to maintain the passivation layer (chromium oxide) which prevents it from rusting.
Good to know, I was not aware of that with steel. Nice.
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I would say as long as the wort came to a boil you kill any bacteria (which is the real bad guy for beer). The batch won't be ruined. There is a lot of debate of aluminium vs steel. In the end, there is no real good reason to use aluminium, aside from cheaper and lighter. .

Really, this issue again? There's no reason to use steel when you can get titanium. Yes, steel is cheaper and conducts heat better, but titanium is lighter and stronger. And if we're talking titanium, really copper would be even better. Yes it's very heavy and expensive, subject to damage, but it's far superior still than any of the other metals. And gold in all honesty is a better metal still. Non reactive, easy to clean, good conductor of heat, nice appearance, it really makes a good materials for a pot.

So yes, other than aluminium being cheaper, lighter, a better conductor of heat, there is really no reason to use it.
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a seasoned $40 aluminum 10gal pot will make great beer.
an $80 SS 10gal pot will make great beer.

that $40 difference makes a noticeable difference when you want to use the easy methods of cleaning a pot with valves, sight glasses and all the other brewing bling that gets attached to pots.

Boiling wort or even BIAB/mashing AL/SS are the same. the more complicated it gets the more SS shows its advantages.

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