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BrokeCollegeStudent 02-13-2007 01:00 AM

Ok, I'm still yet to brew one, im assembling my equipment right now and was just wondering if it was alright to use an Aluminum pot to cook the wort in? I know stainless is the standard and thats what your supposed to use, but is there anyone out there that uses aluminum??

I believe aluminum is porous, i was a welder for a while and somehow just remember that... true?

Anyway, either i can use my aluminum or ante up $50 and get a stainless one. Decision?

Brewpilot 02-13-2007 01:38 AM

You can certainly use aluminum... First you will want to make sure there is a protective oxide (dull grey) coating on the inner surfaces of the pot though. Fill er up with water and boil it for a short period of time. You dont want a shiny finish in contact with your beer, you COULD (not will) have a slightly metallic taste to your beer. I have always used aluminum, no problems with it yet. Then again, I was never right in the first place, so it is hard to tell?
When you clean it, dont scrub it, just use a mild dish soap and a non abrasive sponge or towel. You want to keep that oxide coating on there bud.


BrokeCollegeStudent 02-13-2007 03:59 AM

Hey Thanx
Hey, that helps.

Its my mothers from a decade ago so no shiny finish here, Its more like a pressure cooker, but im not going use the pressure lid of course.

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