Porcelain Enamel Brew Pots? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Porcelain Enamel Brew Pots?
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-02-2006, 08:52 PM   #1
Capt. Awesomest
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 23


Iíve seen the debate of aluminum vs. stainless steel brew pots. In a few articles I've read of home brewers using porcelain enamel brew pots. Does anyone have any experience with porcelain enamel brew pots? Good, Bad, Indifferent?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2006, 08:57 PM   #2
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2006
Adams, MA
Posts: 20,767
Liked 516 Times on 415 Posts


The only thing I've heard on the negative side is that you have to be real careful about chipping - they can be pretty fragile, and you can get some rust if they do end up chipping.


__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2006, 09:00 PM   #3
Truble
 
Truble's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2005
Boston, MA
Posts: 1,101
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts


I am still using one, though my keggle should be complete tonight!

Chipping is a danger. If it is chipped, it WILL rust, and you do not want that.

Also, since it is very thin, they can be prone to scorching. I turn the heat off when adding extract, and thoroughly mix before starting the boil again.
__________________
Even the strongest blade of grass bends in the wind
--------------------------------------------

Primary: Octoberfest
mini 1G Primary: nichts
Secondary #1: #97 Pale Ale
Secondary #2 nichts
Bottled/Conditioning: nichts

Fully ConditionedDrinking: nichts
All Gone!:
Everything


 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2006, 09:24 PM   #4
Brewsmith
 
Brewsmith's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Torrance, CA
Posts: 6,247
Liked 62 Times on 58 Posts


They work fine for extract brews, but thay are not big enough for full boils if you go all-grain.
__________________
Fermenting:#160 Apollo/Calypso Pale Ale
Kegged:#153 Old Helicon Barleywine 2013, #157 Irish Red, #158 Mosaic IPA, #159 Bravo/Delta ESB
Up Next:Brown Porter, American Stout, Imperial Stout
My Recipes
Tuba Sonata

Smith & Co. Custom Tap Handles

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2006, 10:09 PM   #5
Axegod
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Ajax, Upper Canada (Toronto)
Posts: 470
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I have an old one...its chipped, and a little rusty....I have never noticed any off flavours from the tiny rust spots. It was an economical choice - and should serve you well for partial boils. As Trule said, scorching is also a bit of a challenge..but not too bad if careful.

Cheers.
__________________
Primary :
Secondary:
Bottled:
On Order: nothing at all..for a few months
Thinking about: Plisner malt and saaz hops
Drinking:

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2006, 02:51 AM   #6
Beer Snob
 
Beer Snob's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Farmington
Posts: 2,041
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


I use my canner as a second pot for AG (I use two pots so I can do AG in my apartment). No chips so far, but I am carefull. I have heard that it does not take much of a drop to chip them. Using one that is chiped is an awful big risk for the $20 it takes to replace it.
__________________
Michael

"Don't worry, have a homebrew." ,"The "Bible"

Cherries in the wheat
Michael's Wheat

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2006, 03:51 PM   #7
Capt. Awesomest
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 23

So what I'm thinking is that a 34 Qt. porcelain enamel brew pot will get me through several full 5.5 gallon extract boils, as long as Iím careful about chipping and scorching. Then I'll spend the big money on a SS pot when I move to AG and larger boils (which knowing myself is inevitable). Im sure I'll find it handy to have around even then.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2006, 04:22 PM   #8
rdwj
 
rdwj's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Plainfield, IL
Posts: 4,568
Liked 34 Times on 24 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt. Awesomest
So what I'm thinking is that a 34 Qt. porcelain enamel brew pot will get me through several full 5.5 gallon extract boils, as long as Iím careful about chipping and scorching. Then I'll spend the big money on a SS pot when I move to AG and larger boils (which knowing myself is inevitable). Im sure I'll find it handy to have around even then.
What's that going to cost? You might be able to get aluminum for a similar price
__________________
On Tap: Whatever I just brewed (got sick of updating it)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2006, 04:34 PM   #9
Capt. Awesomest
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 23

About 25 bucks.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2006, 11:00 PM   #10
Beer Snob
 
Beer Snob's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Farmington
Posts: 2,041
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt. Awesomest
So what I'm thinking is that a 34 Qt. porcelain enamel brew pot will get me through several full 5.5 gallon extract boils, as long as Iím careful about chipping and scorching. Then I'll spend the big money on a SS pot when I move to AG and larger boils (which knowing myself is inevitable). Im sure I'll find it handy to have around even then.
I wouldn't do this if your married... the possiblity of sleeping on the couch is pretty high here after a severe boilover.


__________________
Michael

"Don't worry, have a homebrew." ,"The "Bible"

Cherries in the wheat
Michael's Wheat

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brew Pots Brau_Haus Equipment/Sanitation 0 06-27-2009 11:42 AM
22 quart cooler, 2 4 gallon brew pots: how much can I brew AG? Cugel All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 05-31-2008 09:40 AM
Brew Pots Waylit Equipment/Sanitation 4 01-27-2008 01:02 PM
AG Brew Pots tbone Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 09-25-2007 01:13 PM
Brew pots apparatus Equipment/Sanitation 13 04-13-2006 01:15 AM


Forum Jump