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Old 09-22-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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Up where I go to school, the old HRM Inn (Hotel and Restaurant Management) closed because a new hotel opened up for the university. They are doing an auction on all the supplies from the kitchen and I went to check out the equipment and there are big aluminum pots there for the auction.

Does anyone think it would be worth it to pick one up for brewing. Not to the turkey fryer stage in my brewing... still use a stove but it would be nice to get a pot bigger than 4 gallons. I talked to the guy running the event about 4 or 5 months ago (I also work on campus) and he told me I didn't want aluminum for brewing...(didn't feel like getting into a whole argument about him bwt aluminum and ss pots) so I don't care if they are aluminum.

Auction is tomorrow from 9-10am. I was thinking of trying to pick one up for like 10 or 15 dollars hopefully. What do you all think? Is there anything I should look out for coming from restaurant pots?
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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Should work beautifully. I personally like SS but I've done my share of aluminum brewing too. I'd look for atleast 30qt and preferably 40+ qts. I think that someone has posted a method for getting a steam-jacketed kettle up and running too. That would be awful slick to have. You might also want to pick up a couple large spoons to use as a mash paddle.

 
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:51 PM   #3
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I'd look for one around 10 gallons larger. This will allow you to brew 5-6 gal AG batches which is nice. Just look for one with solid construction, a nice thick bottom. Aluminum is fine if you condition it properly. If you could get one on the cheap I'd buy it fo sho.

 
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:04 PM   #4
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Go for it! +whatever to the 40qts or better. You'll appreciate the space. Hope you find an awesome deal!
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:20 PM   #5
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Ok cool sounds good. The official seeing of the items are from 3-7 today.... in less than an hour. Ill post back on what I find.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:31 PM   #6
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You could probably put together enough coin from reselling a few of the items you come across to at least pay for a free batch of brew, just sayin'...

 
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:38 PM   #7
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Most of these pots are indestructable. Just make sure the handles are well attached and they aren't too dirty. Look for Lincoln or Vollrath. Good luck, they'll go very quickly.

 
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:48 PM   #8
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go for it . its always better to have to big than to small. And you will end up using it someday I have a 30 gallon industrial grade aluminum pot . No boilovers even with 15 gallons going
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Even a too small pot can be used later for a decoction. Or actual cooking.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:14 PM   #10
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RESTAURANT AUCTIONS...

Look out, that is where I got hooked. "Hey, that meat slicer might come in handy - maybe I can make a meat mead."

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