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Old 12-17-2011, 07:05 PM   #1
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hi guys , im a newbie looking for a brew pot. i was wondering, can i use an aluminum stock pot? or does it have to be stainless steel? this pot im looking at is 20 quarts by the way.


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Old 12-17-2011, 07:07 PM   #2
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Aluminum is fine. 20qts is quite small though. You could only do a 3 gallon batch in pot that size.


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Old 12-17-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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I saw a 54 quart aluminum pot for $20 yesterday at food 4 less. They had 40 quart pots too. They looked decent and I think they had a basket too, but not sure.
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I've never used aluminum (which doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it), but I have used a ceramic coated steel pot. It was very cheap, and lasted for about 10 years before it got chipped.
It worked fine before the chip, but not afterwards.

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All of these pots are very thick walled and have lasted me for years. Ace Mart Restaurant Supply - Restaurant Equipment Kitchen Supplies Bar Supplies Concession Catering Furniture
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:51 PM   #6
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Aluminum is fine. 20qts is quite small though. You could only do a 3 gallon batch in pot that size.
20quarts is too small? isnt that 5 gallons though?

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I saw a 54 quart aluminum pot for $20 yesterday at food 4 less. They had 40 quart pots too. They looked decent and I think they had a basket too, but not sure.
ill have to give them a call, thanks a lot.


edit: never mind, looks like there just located in cali =x

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I use a ss 5G stock pot for 2.5-3 gallon partial boils. Works fine for me. I got a set of 4 nested ss stock pots with lids & steamer trays at Giant Eagle on sale for $25. All polished too.
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i was told if the beer bubbles over, you can just add a little cold water. do most people use bigger than 20quart pots though?
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I've read on here where many folks go big off the bat,or move to bigger ones when they go AG. I can do partial mash in my 5g BK very easily. So it'll be a while till I feel the need for big.expensive hardware.
Or doing enough for 2 5 gallon brews in one pot. I've even done 4 gallons in my 5G BK & got away with it. But I'm limited to the kitchen stove,so big 8-10G pots are out for now. And a spray bottle of water can be used to get the hot break foam to stay down. But wheat DME is the only extract I've used that prodices huge hot break.
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If you are boiling on your stovetop you may only be able to boil about 3 gallons or so. If that is the case the pot you mentioned will be fine. There are plenty of recipes that can be done with a partial boil and top off water.

If you want to do bigger boils you probably will need to also buy a burner. Another factor is that you will also need a way to quickly cool the wort so you will need an immersion chiller. A smaller pot can be chilled in an ive bath in the sink.

So if money to get started is low, go with the smaller pot, gets some brews under your belt and then decide which way you want to go.


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