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Old 01-05-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Default A couple questions

I bought an 10 gallon aluminum stock pot from amazon for about 40 bucks shipped.

I filled it to within 2 inches of the top and brought to a boil for 30 minutes.
It has no a bit of discoloration which I know is normal. I have read that you can also put these pots in a oven for a bit of time to add to the oxidation. Can anyone comment on that? Should I not bother?

I just want to make sure I get the pot ready to brew next week when my brew bud is coming to make our first batch.

Is a ten gallon pot overkill for doing 5 gallon batches or will I be happy with the head space?

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:04 AM   #2
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10 gallon is perfect for 5 gallon full boil!

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:07 AM   #3
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I routinely use 10 gallon pots for a 5 gallon batch.

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Amazon has a 44 quart stainless steel pot from Bayou Classic for $77--with free shipping for prime membership. I use it and love it.

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The initial boil should have left a layer of aluminum oxide, a dullish gray color, if you have this no need to put in oven. just be careful when washing in the future, you do not want to scrub this layer off - just use a PBW or Oxiclean solution and a soft rag to clean.

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I think you've done more than you needed already. It WILL be a good brew. Just to be safe, you could blast Metallica at it for at least 24 hours.

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You don't need any crazy cleaning agents to clean an aluminum kettle. Just light dish soap and a soft rag. No scrubbing... just wiping... EZPZ.

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Pastor, I'm sorry that I don't have any advise for you.
I just wanted to complement you on your awesome forum name.
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That's good ****!!

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I wash my aluminum pot with warm water. Good enough.

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