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Old 05-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Aluminum kettles. Thoughts & opinions

I use one. If I'm making 5 gal batches. I burnt 2 hop socks with my other my small stainlees one. I've heard what has been said about usining aluminum. Tannins, off flavors. I was also told heat treating it in your oven at, I think 375 - 400 for a couple of hours will take care off that off flavor it would give. Plus, I can't afford a bigger stainless or copper kettle. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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I used aluminum for a while before buying stainless. I wouldn't worry too much about using aluminum. What I can tell you is that it's harder to clean. And don't leave oxi clean solution in it overnight. Now I can only use it for pressure canning since it ate the oxide layer off the aluminum leaving ugly dark grey aluminum underneath. Keep an eye on craigslist for turkey fryers. I bought my 11 gallon stainless with strainer basket, lid and propane burner for $40 on craigslist.
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I used aluminum for a while before buying stainless. I wouldn't worry too much about using aluminum. What I can tell you is that it's harder to clean. And don't leave oxi clean solution in it overnight. Now I can only use it for pressure canning since it ate the oxide layer off the aluminum leaving ugly dark grey aluminum underneath. Keep an eye on craigslist for turkey fryers. I bought my 11 gallon stainless with strainer basket, lid and propane burner for $40 on craigslist.
Ugly, dark grey aluminum IS your oxide layer. Aluminum is fine. Boil water in it first to build up an (ugly grey) oxide layer. Then use it like normal. There should be no off flavors.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe aluminum allows heat to transfer through it more quickly than ss, shortening your cool-down time. If ss weren't so shiny and pretty, I'd switch to aluminum for that fact alone.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe aluminum allows heat to transfer through it more quickly than ss, shortening your cool-down time. If ss weren't so shiny and pretty, I'd switch to aluminum for that fact alone.
Think your right about heating up faster.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:24 PM   #6
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I'm not too concerned. Both times I used it. Beer turned out pretty good. One person gave me $6.00 bucks for a 6er. That I made in it. I was curious as to what other opinions are on it.
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There are some pretty epic aluminum vs. SS threads on here if you're really interested...
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I'll gander through. Thanks
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I use a 7.5 gall aluminum kettle, no issues. They are thin though, I have not added a ball valve for that reason.
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If it's a decent thickness Al pot, you're fine.

You won't be able to wear out an Al pot in your lifetime, but you might not be able to pass it down to your children like you might a big stainless pot.
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