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Old 01-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hello!

I have an opportunity to buy a large 10 gallon kettle for cheap but the only trade off is that the bottom of it has some scratches / dings. I'm using it for allgrain and would like to know if these would dramatically affect my wort while boiling / could it infect the beer in some way?!

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Old 01-17-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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boiling sanitizes everything. unless its almost destroyed, a few dings wont effect it in any way.

 
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
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Are the dings on the inside or outside? Post a pic.

Most likely nothing to worry about though.

 
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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first image is the inside of the pot, not so many dings just a little bit pitted. Second is the lid.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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I'm not a metallurgist or anything but it should be just fine.

 
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:47 PM   #6
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That looks like an old aluminum pot of good quality. You could scrub it real clean and then boil some water to re-oxidize it if you would like it to look a bit better. Or just clean it real well and use it. Most old aluminum pots look like that andare fine to use IMO.

 
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:21 PM   #7
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"440" is a stainless steel designation, its not aluminum.

its definately a well-used pot, but it should be ok to use just like it is, or you could take some 200-400 grit sandpaper and smooth out some of the scratches. after you sand it, put some Barkeepers Friend (oxacilic acid) in there for a few hours to reform the passive surface layer. it will be as good as new.

 
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #8
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"440" is a stainless steel designation, its not aluminum.

its definately a well-used pot, but it should be ok to use just like it is, or you could take some 200-400 grit sandpaper and smooth out some of the scratches. after you sand it, put some Barkeepers Friend (oxacilic acid) in there for a few hours to reform the passive surface layer. it will be as good as new.
While I am not against using BKF... a few hours is extremely excessive. Stainless will repassivate almost instantaneously with just air.

But yes, clean it well with BKF. Don't need to soak it though.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #9
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Let us know how dinged beer tastes...

 
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