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Old 11-07-2008, 04:54 AM   #1
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I would love to hear a couple of seasoned homebrewers slug it out over the subject. I am looking into getting a new brew pot and I have found a pretty good deal on a aluminum pot. I've heard stainless distributes heat better but it would be sweet if I could get some of your thoughts.

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Old 11-07-2008, 04:57 AM   #2
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I have never used aluminum for beer but i have used it for different things ( apple butter, etc..) and i can tell you it leaves a distinct metal flavor you most likely wouldn't want in your beer. I would go with either stainless steel or copper.

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Old 11-07-2008, 04:58 AM   #3
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Here ya go!
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/faq-...kettles-49449/

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Aloomhanum FTW!

I have an aluminum 7 gal HLT and 15 gal kettle. Better heat conductivity, cheaper, and lighter. No taste that I can notice, and all you need to do is oxidize it as in the FAQ (as easy as boiling water) and not use harsh chemicals on it. I personally use no chemicals at all, just a thorough rinse and wipe down with a washcloth.

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While I love SS, I've been using the Aluminum pot that came with my Bayou Classic 30 qt. turkey kit for all my AG batches and I haven't tasted any metallic flavors yet. I did do a test boil in the pot with a couple ounces of white vinegar in the water when I first bought it, to season it a bit. When I buy a bigger replacement I plan on getting another aluminum one simply because of the cost.

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I started with Aluminum and changed to SS a year or so ago and would never go back.

SS FTW!!

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I have never used aluminum for beer but i have used it for different things ( apple butter, etc..) and i can tell you it leaves a distinct metal flavor you most likely wouldn't want in your beer. I would go with either stainless steel or copper.
Aluminum will not empart any flavor whatsoever to your beer, many brewers use them. I personally used one for a year before I built my keggle. That being said, dont use a new SHINEY kettle... boil some water in it first to assure there is a small layer of oxidation as a little insurance. They work great, conduct heat ALOT better (read quicker heating and cooling) than SS and are much cheaper unless you can get a deal on a SS Sankey.

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I've used both and the only reason I went from aluminum is that I now have keggles that allow me to brew without the risk of boil over. I noticed NO difference in taste going from aluminum to SS. If I could get an aluminum keggle I'd switch back in a heartbeat from a weight aspect.

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As far as I know aluminum causes Alzhaimer's disease ...
Alzheimer's Again Linked To Aluminum

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As far as I know aluminum causes Alzhaimer's disease ...
Alzheimer's Again Linked To Aluminum

Id say, um, no. Brewing in an AL kettle witll not cause you to suffer from Alzhaimers. This has been beaten to death... using AL is safe, healthy etc. Dead Horse, beaten. Do you take antacids? Are you all of a sudden feeling forgetful? AL is safe, lets talk about dry vs liquid yeast. Oh yeah, we have 100 threads on that too, search it.

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