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Old 01-31-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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I know I have read that before using an aluminum pot at i should boil water in it to oxidize it first. My question is if I need to do this before each use? (After it has been washed) or is this a one time thing?

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Old 01-31-2014, 02:47 PM   #2
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Not if you don't scrub off all the oxide. This is a boil pot, it only needs the grains and foam washed off since it will be used to boil again and that takes care of the pasteurization.

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Old 01-31-2014, 04:58 PM   #3
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Just once, and even thats really optional. Aluminum oxidizes just by being in contact with Oxygen....so as long as your not brewing inside a vacuum chamber you should be good to go.

Its just a good idea to boil/clean a new pot in general to make sure any manufacturing oils or metal shavings arent hiding in the pot somewhere.

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Ya, that is what I plan to do anyway, as it is a brand new crab/lobster pot set up that I bought. (same as a turkey fryer kit)

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hey Repo,
i bought something similar a few months ago for brewing - was a 7 gal aluminum crab pot. ive noticed a very slight metallic smell to my first two brews that ive done. the smell is right when you put your nose up to the glass for a gulp. i dont taste it, just a slight smell. ive tried researching to see what this smell is, and the aluminum is my only conclusion..... for now.

i did not boil water in the pot before my first brew. for my second brew, i figured that since i brewed with the pot already the pot would have a layer of oxidation on it, but i still find the smell in my second beer. just brewed my third batch this week. i boiled the sh!it out of that pot before brewing and got a nice black oxidation layer going on now. we shall see in about 5 weeks whether that was the problem.

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Hmmmm, i hope this one doesn't do that?

On a side note, I just bought a used 15 gallon beer keg off of Kijiji. It is in remarkable shape. I plant to cut the top open, and weld bungs for drain and temp gauge, so I may just end up using that before long.

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