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Old 12-04-2008, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default Aluminum Kettle OK?

I have access to a 60QT very heavy duty aluminum kettle. Now I know the aluminum is not a good insulator and will probably make sparging quite a frustrating ordeal but I would rather not spend 100$ on the pot I want just yet so I can start brewing sooner. Do you think it would be ok to use a really heavy duty aluminum pot or should I save my self some grief and just dump the dough on a heavy duty SS pot right now?

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Old 12-04-2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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Aluminum is fine. Jump right in and start brewing!

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Old 12-04-2008, 04:22 PM   #3
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I used aluminum for a long time before finally buying a big stainless steel pot. I wouldn't have change either if I hadn't needed a bigger pot.

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Old 12-04-2008, 04:29 PM   #4
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right on thanks, it's actually an 80 qt lol, a bit of overkill for the 5 gal batches i'll be making but thats aight.

Matter a fact, it's this one right here.

Bayou Classic 80 Qt. Aluminum Stockpot with Perforated Basket and Lid - 8000 at The Home Depot

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Old 12-04-2008, 04:39 PM   #5
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I brewed in aluminum once, and now I am deaf in one ear, blind in one eye, and numb in 2 fingers.

But the beer tasted fine.

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Here's all the info you need.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/faq-...kettles-49449/

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thanks revvy, helped me out quite a bit as far as choice. I was wondering what you guys would recommend to clean an aluminum pot thats been sitting in a storage room for 8 months with crusted crawfish boil on it lol. I can't use oxyclean it looks like.

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Old 12-04-2008, 05:16 PM   #8
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Your best cleanser is elbow grease. And some mild dish detergent.

Just remember to 're-season' the pot by boiling it full of water for at least 30 mins. This will restore the passive oxide layer on the inside of the pot, protecting bot the pot itself and the wort you make.

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Barkeepers friend is a great cleaner for all your metal pots. Use a non scratch scrubbing pad and a little hot water. If you have a lot crusted on then soak with some hot water a little before starting on it.

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If you use oxy clean and let your pot soak overnight, you'll be going to Stainless steal very soon.

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