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Old 05-18-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Hey gang,

I made my first batch using this pot, wrongly assuming it was enamel. Upon further consideration, it's a steel/porcelain "canning" pot (something you'd use to seal jars of preserves in boiling water), very much like this one.

Is this okay to use for brewing? I did use it once already, but it was for an all extract brew, and I haven't tasted a final product to know if the flavor was off.

A couple things that might present a problem is that it's very thin/lightweight, and it has ridges on the bottom of the pot.

Anyone use a canning pot before? Think it's okay for further brews?

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Old 05-18-2011, 08:56 PM   #2
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I suggest Mason Jars but to each his own.

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Old 05-18-2011, 09:01 PM   #3
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Yes. One usually cans using Mason Jars.

However, I have never seen anyone "can" pot before. It usually just goes up in smoke!



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Old 05-18-2011, 09:03 PM   #4
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:09 PM   #5
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As long as the enamel inside the pot isn't chipped,you're good to go.
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They're fine. I used one for several years before moving up to a Polarware. It's said to be a bad thing when they chip and the wort is exposed to the raw steel but I lived with a couple small ones without ill effect.

Personally I would go to Wal-Mart and drop $50 for their 22 quart tri-clad stainless stock pot. It will never wear out and very resistant to scorching.

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Yes. One usually cans using Mason Jars.

However, I have never seen anyone "can" pot before. It usually just goes up in smoke!



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People often store and age pipe tobacco in Mason jars, perhaps he is looking to develop the flavor.
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The pot is fine, as long as it isn't chipped as stated above.

As soon as you want to "upgrade" your pot, I would go with a 30 qt. (or larger) aluminum pot so you can do full wort boils.

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Thanks. Yup, the pot is pretty much new, no chips or anything. It only just occurred to me that it probably wasn't what people meant when they said "enamel pot" so I wanted to check.

I'll eventually upgrade, but since this pot is okay to use, I'll save the money for now. I won't get to AG or even partial mash for at least another few brews.

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I made over thirty brews with my 15 qt enamel that I got at wall mart. I have upgraded to a 7 1/2 gallon aluminum but I still use the enamel in the kitchen.

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