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Old 07-01-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Aluminum is cheap. Must I use Stainless Steel?

I’m sure this question gets raised about once a month since the inception of the board but I cannot readily find any threads on the subject, so please bear with me, folks.


The instructions I got in my kit, and the people at the store I got it from, tell me I need to use either stainless steel or an enamel pot to boil my wort. However, SS is expensive, aluminum pots of the same size are cheaper by a great deal. I’d rather buy aluminum and save the money.


So what’s wrong with using an aluminum pot versus a SS pot? Why can’t I use aluminum? Anyone here use aluminum on a regular basis? Pros/cons? Advice?


Thanks for humoring me on what I’m sure is a tired subject for the regulars.

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Old 07-01-2007, 04:19 PM   #2
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Lots of posts, pro and con. Doesn't make any difference.

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Old 07-01-2007, 04:38 PM   #3
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If you save money on aluminum, we'll help you spend it somewhere else.

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Here is a recent thread on the subject with arguments either way:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?p=313542.

Resistance to aluminum is waning as people realize that it makes great boil pots with many advantages over SS. But they are a bit harder to clean/maintain, and they won't stand up as well as SS over time. So it just comes down to personal choice.

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Biggest problem with aluminum is that it conducts heat so much better than stainless.

FWIW, if you search for posts with "aluminum" in the thread title, you get 40+ results, and most of them are on this topic.

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My alluminum pot is great. I can easily bring 7 gallons of wort to a boil on my electric stove with it. I dont think I would be able to do that as easily with a SS.

However, as someone mentioned, alluminum wont last as long as SS.

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Old 07-02-2007, 03:05 PM   #7
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However, as someone mentioned, alluminum wont last as long as SS.
I don't think that's a given. I've seen some REALLY high-gauge Al pots from the restaurant industry that look like they'll last forever.
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I don't think that's a given. I've seen some REALLY high-gauge Al pots from the restaurant industry that look like they'll last forever.
True enough, I guess I should have said, mine probably wont last forever. Don't get me wrong, it is not a cheapo, soda can type of aluminum, but it is definitely not as durable as SS. I told my fiance that we should register at Williams Sonoma so that we could register for the copper, 32-quart stock pot...only $800
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I don't think that's a given. I've seen some REALLY high-gauge Al pots from the restaurant industry that look like they'll last forever.
I use a 40QT commercial gauge pot. I measured the sidewalls and they're 3/16" thick. Only ~100CDN too.
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The biggest problem with Al pots, is that nobody appears to be able to spell aluminium correctly.

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