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Old 03-15-2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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Default Another turkey fryer question

I've read a bit on here about turkey fryers and have been thinking about getting one (also, the wife is bugging me about the smell during the boils!) Anyway, is the aluminum pot that comes with the kits from HD or Lowe's or Dick's ok to brew in? Or should I use my usual stanless steel pot I've been using? I don't have a wort chiller (yet) so I'll probably still be doing half boils. Although this would give me an excuse to buy a chller, or better yet try and make one.

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Old 03-15-2008, 11:24 PM   #2
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Absolutely ok to brew in.

Look here for more info:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...for_brewing%3F

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Old 03-15-2008, 11:27 PM   #3
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Although this would give me an excuse to buy a chller, or better yet try and make one.
Brew with confidence, that aluminum pot is fine.

And buy that wort chiller. (You're going to end up buying it eventually anyhow, why not enjoy it now!)
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:26 AM   #4
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I need both. Three and a half hours to extract brew is BS...........

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the only down side to that aluminum pot is its durability. usually those 'came with the fryer' pots are extremely thin walled. it makes it difficult to add a weldless drain valve as the walls flex too much once drilled.
and you need to be careful about pouring it, mainly if you use the edge of the counter as a leverage point, you may dent the pot.

beyond that, I'd boil some water in it once, just to get the dark oxidation to form so there is no interaction with the acidic wort.

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the only down side to that aluminum pot is its durability. usually those 'came with the fryer' pots are extremely thin walled. it makes it difficult to add a weldless drain valve as the walls flex too much once drilled.
and you need to be careful about pouring it, mainly if you use the edge of the counter as a leverage point, you may dent the pot.

beyond that, I'd boil some water in it once, just to get the dark oxidation to form so there is no interaction with the acidic wort.

Not sure what you've seen, but the one I just picked up has a pretty substantial wall thickness.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:26 PM   #7
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Mine seems more thin on the bottom, not the sides so much. But the thing wasn't heavy duty either. I already dented it and I haven't even brewed with it yet!

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The couple books that I have read tell me not to use aluminum Pots because they add off flavors. However, everyone in here says it doen't effect it at all. I wish I would have known that before I bought my $40 stainless steal brewpot, because at Meijer that have the turky fryer on clearance for $18, and I put it down because of the stupid book.

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I've been using a couple of those cheap walmart turkey fryer sets for over a year. They've performed great---though one has a hole in its LPG tubing, so I picked this baby up at home depot over the weekend:



150k BTU's instead of the 55k that the turkey fryers have.

The only real drawback to the fryer kits is that once you move to all-grain brewing and full boils, the 30qt kettle that comes with the turkey fryer kits is not really big enough. But the kettles are still nice to have around. I still mash in them and use them to heat up my strike & sparge water. But if I were you, I'd also get yourself a nice big aluminum kettle. I paid $70 at Instawares for a 15 gallon aluminum kettle (shipped!) and it's one of the best things I ever did.

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The home depot is lying. According to bayouclassicdepot.com, the SQ14 is only 55k BTU (unless you upgrade the regulator to a 15 or 20PSI from the stock 10PSI one).

That being said, I used my SQ14 to bring 13gal of wort to a boil on Saturday without a problem.

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