Originally Posted by Cerberiss
Hello every one,
So while bottling my first batch of beer, an amber, I came across a tread that you should oxidize your aluminum pot by boiling water in it before boiling your wort. Well at the time I didn't know this so I cleaned it with B bright and rinsed it out then boiled my wort. Does anyone have any idea if I am going to get any off flavor or dangerous level of aluminum in my brew? Since then I have soaked the pot in B bright and have seen white spots that I cant get out and dark area in it and I am wondering if I have ruined the pot. Here is a picture.
Thanks for any help guys.
You'll be just fine. You are incredibly unlikely to get a dangerous level of aluminum. Studies show that you get more aluminum from using anti-persperant than drinking beer made with an aluminum pot, even if its unoxidized. Also, it's unlikely that you'll get off flavors.
However, I DO recommend that you clean your pot well, and go ahead and boil water in it for an hour to get that oxide layer. The dull gray oxide layer will prevent the future formation of other oxides that CAN affect you beer.