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Old 08-11-2010, 01:37 AM   #21
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I got the aluminum ones from proflow, no problems with starsan, oxiclean, or PBW so far. They are soft and show the use but they work for me just fine.

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Old 08-11-2010, 11:26 PM   #22
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I'm sure the Al ones will be fine, but someone needs to be devils advocate.

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Old 08-12-2010, 01:39 PM   #23
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I got the aluminum ones from proflow, no problems with starsan, oxiclean, or PBW so far. They are soft and show the use but they work for me just fine.
Good to know. I went with Aluminum and was wondering about some cleaning issues. How much do you water down the Oxy or PBW to feel good about its cleaning ability and it not effecting the metal?
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How much do you water down the Oxy or PBW to feel good about its cleaning ability and it not effecting the metal?
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P.B.W. is a buffered alkaline detergent that has been proven to be more than an
effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners. Because of its unique formulation of
buffers and mild alkalis, it is safe on skin as well as soft metals such as stainless steel,
aluminum, and on plastics.
P.B.W. uses active oxygen to penetrate carbon or protein
soils and is not effected by hard water. The oxygen also helps in reducing B.O.D. and
C.O.D. in wastewater, which is an added environmental benefit.
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Well, I made the plunge... I decided to go with aluminum. I wanted stainless very badly but I had to look at it from this angle..

If I get every single nice thing I want during the course of this build, (based on expense) then I will not get my system done for damn near a year. Therefore, I bit the bullet and got aluminum for the same reason I didn't get three piece ball valves, build the brew stand out of stainless, put a thermal blanket w/ stainless sheeting around the mash tun(good idea bobby), put a whirlpool in the mash tun, or all of the other bad ass things you can do. I will be looking forward to all of the upgrades as I'm sure we all do. But I'm gonna get a working system going and I'll tweak it as I get more experienced with it's use.

Thanks for all of the replies and I appreciate the help with the decision.

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How are the Aluminum cam locks holding up?

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Anyone have any updates on how the aluminum is holding up after some use?

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I've had the polypro in for the last 4 brews and have had good luck with them. They don't get hot at all and seem pretty resilient. All my hoses have the females and equipment has the males, so I'm hoping the males don't get beat up too bad.

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@goybar and j-malone, Sorry it's taken me so long to respond guys. I must have looked over the e-mail.

I've had no issues with the aluminum. They change colors from shiney metalic to a dull gray but that's the extent of the issues. They do get HOT AS HELL when you're pumping boiling wort through them; but all in all they're fine. The locking mechanism is still holding up fine and the silicon o-rings have worked out great.

Final review, if you're going for a major bling factor on your brewery then you should go with stainless. They do go dull fairly quickly. However, if you're going for functionality then they work great for 1/4 the price of SS. No problems cleaning anything either.

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Anyone have any updates on how the aluminum is holding up after some use?
I've used the AL cam locks for 2 brews. So far no problems. This thread also missed mentioning one of the benefits of using AL - it cools down a lot faster than SS!! They throw that in for free.
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