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Old 02-01-2013, 01:02 AM   #1
Jan 2013
lexington, ky
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Can I use an aluminum brew kettle? And why is stainless steel preferred?

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:04 AM   #2
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Aluminum is all I've ever it cheap at Walmart.

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:07 AM   #3
Jan 2013
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You could use aluminum as a last ditch effort but stainless steel is the preferred. Aluminum is very hard to clean enough to be sterile. Its surface is pourousrow. and bacteria could g
Life is too short to drink cheap beer!

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:16 AM   #4
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Aluminum is fine. Just create an oxidization layer before you brew with it. Put in 1 gal. of water and boil it off. then you are ready to go.

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:20 AM   #5
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fredericksburg, va
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The boiling water/wort that your kettle will be filled with will sterilize it. You will never need to worry about sterilizing a boil kettle. Aluminum is perfectly fine to use. You will hear that it should be passivated before your first brew by boiling water in it for a half hour which is easy enough to do. Stainless is more durable and you can use harsher chemicals with it (I've never needed more than hot water for my aluminum kettle) however, aluminum conducts heat better (more efficient heating and ice bath cooling).

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