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Old 06-01-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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OK, Wife is wanting to get a Turkey Fryer after having some fried turkey the other day. I am wanting to get a large pot to get back into brewing (I made wine for a few years in college, it tasted like butt and I think I'm ready to make some adult alcohol...).


My question is would a pot used to fry turkey's be acceptable to be used to brew with? This is assuming it is cleaned and sanitized before brewing of course. My worry was with residual grease from the oil skunking the brew. If it is not a big problem I was going to get a fairly good sized kit so I can step to all grain in a year or so.


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Old 06-01-2011, 12:25 PM   #2
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Convince her that bigger burners are better burners,then buy a descent kettle for brewing.


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Old 06-01-2011, 12:35 PM   #3
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i use a turkey frier but have never used it to fry a turkey. so i am no help
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:35 PM   #4
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The answer is YES a turkey fryer pot will work well for brewing. I brew all my beers in a large aluminum turkey fryer pot. There are many aluminum vs. stainless threads on here, and both work just fine. If you're using a used pot, then make sure its degreased really well, and you should be good to go. Or get a new pot, thats another option.


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There is a good deal on Amazon for a 7.5 gallon Bayou Classic Turkey fryer with burner, plus a thermometer.

However - these Turkey Fryers have one downside - they tend to be tall and narrow, so your chiller nozzles may not reach over the top. Measure your chiller against the fryer (I googled the fryer on several website sto get the dimensions, specifically the height).

They are a bargain for brewing.
But I am planning on spending a little more and getting a "cheap" 7.5 gallon pot that is shorter and wider, plus a slightly more expensive burner (that has a flame guard)
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I inherited an 8 gallon turkey fryer pot that was used for several years. I took some simple green and warm water soak overnight, scrubbed the h*** out of it making sure all the grease residue was gone. Filled with water and boiled for 90 minutes to cure it and I’ve had on problems with off flavors.

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If I am reading correctly you are asking if you will be able to use the pot for brewing after it has been used for frying a turkey.

The short answer is yes it can, but the down side is it will give you beer off flavors. No matter how long you scrub, clean, boil or cure, you will always have an oily residue left on the pot after frying a turkey.

With that being said, I use a turkey fryer burner to do all of my brewing, 58,000 BTU I think. Basically my suggestion would be get the turkey fryer (you can get some cheap right now) and buy yourself another kettle for brewing. This way you make both happy, your wife gets the fried turkeys and you get your burner for your brew.

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I have two turkey fryers, one for turkey and one for beer.
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Convince her stainless is the way to go and you won`t have the off flavor problem.

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Convince her stainless is the way to go and you won`t have the off flavor problem.

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Why is that? Is it because the stainless is easier to clean/sanitize?


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