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Old 01-20-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Aluminum Brew kettles

I would like to purchase a 10g brew pot, but I do not have the $300+ to get a good S/S kettle. I can get a 10g aluminum kettle for under $50. I would like to add a weldless valve to this kettle. I will use this for 5gal full batch extract and BIAB batches, I want to make sure I have enough room for all water needed for BIAB pluss head space to prevent boil overs.

First, Can the weldless valves be added to aluminum pots?

Any other alternatives, I am all about saving money?

Any comments, advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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There used to be the belief that aluminum would lead to Alzheimer's, but that is no longer held as fact. So go for it! I used one for years and , wait a minute, what was I going to say...

I don't see any reason a weldless fitting would not work on an aluminum pot.

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I use aluminum pots. Sure you can add valves, sight glasses and thermometers to them. Read up on oxidized layer and what types of cleaners and sponges to use. You can't use Oxyclean or that caustic that brewers use on Aluminum. A little Dawn soap and a wash rag works great.

If you have a restaurant supply store near you, look there. I know I can get an 80 qt for 90 bucks from a local one here.

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I use aluminum pots. Sure you can add valves, sight glasses and thermometers to them. Read up on oxidized layer and what types of cleaners and sponges to use. You can't use Oxyclean or that caustic that brewers use on Aluminum. A little Dawn soap and a wash rag works great.
This.

I use the aluminum pot that came with my turkey fryer and was afraid my beer would taste metallic.

Boil water in the pot for a while and the inside turns an oxidized black color. Be careful not to scrub that off and you are good.(dawn and a rag are all thats needed)
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I use aluminum pots. Sure you can add valves, sight glasses and thermometers to them. Read up on oxidized layer and what types of cleaners and sponges to use. You can't use Oxyclean or that caustic that brewers use on Aluminum. A little Dawn soap and a wash rag works great.

If you have a restaurant supply store near you, look there. I know I can get an 80 qt for 90 bucks from a local one here.
If you use oxyclean, could you just boil to re-establish the layer?

I guess I am confused on the what oxyclean will do chemically to AL vs Stainless. Any chemist here?
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I am not a chemist, though I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...

I have an aluminum kettle, and it works for me. I'm not sure why you'd need oxyclean or anything like that for your kettle. I just clean mine with water and a rag. I mean, you're boiling it, it doesn't have to be sanitary.

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OXyclean removes the aluminum oxide layer that protects your brew from the aluminium. If you do use some then you just need to re-boil some water to re-season the pot. Just use soap and water to clean it with a soft sponge/cloth instead, much easier and doesn't remove the oxide layer.

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With cleaning, should it be sanitized as well, or will the boiling take care of that too?

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no need to "sanitize" your kettle, 1-2 hours of boiling wort will kill any yuckies!

Check out bargainfittings.com. I bought my valve and sight glass conversion kits from them and bought a step drill from Harbor Freight tools. The step drill is nice but not necessary.

Good luck!

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I would like to purchase a 10g brew pot, but I do not have the $300+ to get a good S/S kettle. I can get a 10g aluminum kettle for under $50. I would like to add a weldless valve to this kettle. I will use this for 5gal full batch extract and BIAB batches, I want to make sure I have enough room for all water needed for BIAB pluss head space to prevent boil overs.

First, Can the weldless valves be added to aluminum pots?

Any other alternatives, I am all about saving money?

Any comments, advice would be greatly appreciated.
You can find stainless steel less than that. I just bought a new 9 gallon SS for $75 on Amazon. We'll see how well made it is.
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