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Old 01-26-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default SS vs Aluminum brewpot

I need to buy a brew pot... I've seen info that there is nothing wrong with using aluminum... Is this true?

And on a side bar... What is scorching the wort and how do you avoid it?


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Old 01-26-2011, 03:34 PM   #2
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I will leave it up to the regulars to answer your question, but I would suggest that you search this site for similar threads. I believe this is one of the most discussed questions on this site.

I have been using aluminum for about a year now and never had a problem.


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Here we go, all you need to know to decide for yourself. It IS a sticky for a reason after all.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/faq-...kettles-49449/
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Make your brewpot out of pubic hairs stapled together and kilned at 40000000000 degrees F.

Barring that create one with pure psychic energy.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:02 PM   #7
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i just spent the extra money and got a SS pot. just to ease my mind.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #8
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I've always used SS pots for cooking, especially anything that contains higher acid levels (pasta sauce) since that [from what I've been told] was better/safer than using aluminum. But, when you're making beer, and you properly condition an aluminum pot before hand, there's no [real] difference between the metals. If anything, a thick aluminum pot will perform better than a similarly priced SS pot (since chances are the SS pot will be far thinner, and probably not a clad/thick bottom)...

I picked up an 8 gallon aluminum pot, with lid, for about $45 not that long ago... It's great for 5 gallon batches. For about $75 (will post the actual price/total once I've picked it up) I'll be getting a 60 quart (that's 15 gallons) or 80 quart (20 gallons) aluminum pot. Thick aluminum is easy to drill through too, compared with high grade SS pots. I might toss a ball valve into the new pot (or the current one I have), to make draining it easier. So making the correct size hole won't kill me, the drill, or drill bit at all.

For me, the cost savings of going with good aluminum far out weighs the extra cost you have when getting same grade SS pots. I'd rather spend the cost difference on more useful items, like a Barley Crusher, or a couple of sacks of MO...
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As long as you cure the pot before you brew with it you'll be fine. I've been using Aluminum for the better part of 4 years with no issues.
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Forgot to mention that I did condition/cure my aluminum pot before I was going to use it for brewing (a few days ahead)... I put as much water as I could into it, and boiled it for 30-60 minutes to get a nice black aluminum oxide coating on it... I plan on having a propane burner before I go to use the next (larger) pot, so I'll condition that with as much water as I can fit into it. I hope to only have under 2" of non-conditioned aluminum in the pot (from the top edge)... I can't imagine ever needing to fill it up to that level when using it for brewing. Well, at least not while I'm using it for 5 and 10 gallon batches.


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