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Old 11-30-2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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Hi I brewed my first batch of beer 5 days ago and my stainless steel pot formed a white chalky like substance on the bottom where the burner covers where touching the pot. It can be scraped off and I'm sure it's from my water, I'm not really sure what in the water causes it, but I guess wondering if it will affect the taste of my beer and do you think I should start using bottled water from now on. Thanks a lot in advance for your help

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:18 AM   #2
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Happens with my water too in my SS pot - but only with the big 170K BTU burner. My water is not excessively hard. I suppose it's some kind of calcium deposit. Anyway it does not seem to adversely affect the taste of the beer in any way. If it is water hardness calcium, switching to ordinary bottled water probably would not help anyway.


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I use bottled drinking water (not distilled nor spring) and still get it. I scrub it off before the next batch and all is good.
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Sorry to be a little but I don't want to make a whole new thread for my little question.

I purchased a 4 gallon (16 quart) stainless steel pot the other day and I just wanted some clarification as to if that is a good size to be broiling wort for a 5 gallon batch? Sorry and thanks!
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Sorry to be a little but I don't want to make a whole new thread for my little question.

I purchased a 4 gallon (16 quart) stainless steel pot the other day and I just wanted some clarification as to if that is a good size to be broiling wort for a 5 gallon batch? Sorry and thanks!
Will work fine. You just won't be able to do full boils. You'll have to boil less than 5 gallons (prob 2-3), then top-off with clean water.
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Will work fine. You just won't be able to do full boils. You'll have to boil less than 5 gallons (prob 2-3), then top-off with clean water.
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Sorry to be a little but I don't want to make a whole new thread for my little question.

I purchased a 4 gallon (16 quart) stainless steel pot the other day and I just wanted some clarification as to if that is a good size to be broiling wort for a 5 gallon batch? Sorry and thanks!
When and if you go to full boil you will need a pot that will hold at least 6.5 gallons unless you still top off. In an hour of boiling you will evaporate over a gallon. I have been boiling off about 1.25 gallons.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:16 AM   #8
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When and if you go to full boil you will need a pot that will hold at least 6.5 gallons unless you still top off. In an hour of boiling you will evaporate over a gallon. I have been boiling off about 1.25 gallons.
what are the benefits of doing a full boil compared to boiling just a 2-3 gallon wort?
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what are the benefits of doing a full boil compared to boiling just a 2-3 gallon wort?
Good question, I'm subscribing to this one in hopes you get a response. I think hop utilization goes up, but that can't be the only benefit.
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I use bottled drinking water (not distilled nor spring) and still get it. I scrub it off before the next batch and all is good.
Is there anything you recommend scrubbing with? I have heard steal wool is bad?


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