I bought an 10 gallon aluminum stock pot from amazon for about 40 bucks shipped.
I filled it to within 2 inches of the top and brought to a boil for 30 minutes.
It has no a bit of discoloration which I know is normal. I have read that you can also put these pots in a oven for a bit of time to add to the oxidation. Can anyone comment on that? Should I not bother?
I just want to make sure I get the pot ready to brew next week when my brew bud is coming to make our first batch.
Is a ten gallon pot overkill for doing 5 gallon batches or will I be happy with the head space?
The initial boil should have left a layer of aluminum oxide, a dullish gray color, if you have this no need to put in oven. just be careful when washing in the future, you do not want to scrub this layer off - just use a PBW or Oxiclean solution and a soft rag to clean.