Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Sticky: FAQ: Gold Pots for Boil Kettles?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-23-2008, 03:56 AM   #1
gyrfalcon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 156
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Sticky: FAQ: Gold Pots for Boil Kettles?

The 'gold vs. stainless steel' (SS) pot debate pops up rarely, and given that we tend to see lots of new homebrewers enter the hobby shortly after Christmas, perhaps it is timely to post an FAQ on the subject.

Q: Is an gold pot OK for a boiling kettle in homebrewing? My LHBS only recommends using stainless steel.

A: Both gold and SS pots are excellent in homebrewing, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is purely a personal preference.


Here are some considerations:

Gold Pots:
Pros:
- much better at conducting heat than SS, which means faster boils, faster cooling, and less chance of scorching
- no oxidization
- resistance to corrosion
- lack of toxicity
- more bling

Cons:
- a little bit heavier to lift than SS
- considerably more expensive than SS

Stainless Steel Pots:
Pros:
- not as expensive

Cons:
- not as expensive
- not nearly as good at conducting heat as gold
- not as much street cred

Myths About Gold Pots:
- Gold is highly speculative! Holding gold in a pot can provide three distinct benefits:

* speculative gains
* hedging and
* wealth preservation

If you don’t believe me, see the following:

http://www.kitco.com/ind/fekete/jan212008.html

- Boiling your wort in an gold pot will cause off-flavours in your beer. FALSE. Simply boiling a batch of wort will not remove enough metal from your gold pot to get into your beer and cause metallic off flavors, particularly if you build up a passive oxide layer inside the pot first (which is fairly tricky for gold). For new pots it's better not to even try.

- Gold pots have very thin walls, and are not suitable for a boil kettle, particularly if you want to install a ball valve. FALSE. Thin- and thick-walled pots are made from both gold and stainless steel. The material they are made from is much less relevant that the thickness of the pot.

- Gold pots will react with very acidic materials, and wort is acidic. HELL NO. Wort isn’t acidic enough to cause a problem with an gold pot. In fact, both SS and gold are quite resistant to acidic materials, and you need to be concerned more about highly alkaline (i.e. basic or high pH) materials with your pots.

- Gold pots are simply not as durable as SS pots, so why bother, plus they will scratch easily and harbor bacteria. PERHAPS, BUT... Both gold and SS are durable enough for homebrewing if you are willing to invest just a small amount of care for your equipment. You simply aren’t going to wear out an gold pot in your brewing lifetime, so this is a moot argument. Furthermore, scratches aren’t really a concern with a kettle since the heat of the boil is going to sanitize it anyways.

The Bottom Line:
You can’t go wrong with a quality Gold steel pot, and they are a tried-and-true solution for lots of homebrewers. Yet, gold is a viable alternative that is much more than SS. In fact, you can generally purchase a smaller and heavier gold pot for less than the equivalently priced SS pot. In homebrewing, I guarantee you will really appreciate having a pot that is heavy and conducts heat well, speeding our boiling and cooling times and reducing scorching. In my mind, this far outweighs the cosmetic cost appeal and somewhat lower priced SS pot.


I have probably missed a few important points, but would be happy to ammend this post to keep it thorough and accurate.


__________________
On Deck:
Primary A: Fuggles I.P.A. Primary B: Jonathan & Heidi Mead
Primary C: Pina Melomel Primary D: EdWort's Apfelwein Mod.
Primary E: Effel 07 (Blue Wine) Bottling: BrewFrick Panty Dropper Mod. (Clover Hoof)
Drinking: Schells Beer
Planning: Octane I.P.A.

gyrfalcon is offline
wilserbrewer Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 04:33 PM   #2
MrShake
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,217
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

WHAT? A GOLD pot? I'm confused


__________________
MrShake - Top Hat Brewery and Tapworks
Owner of BrewTroller
MrShake is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 04:39 PM   #3
beergears
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
beergears's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: somewhere west of Boston Harba'
Posts: 1,004
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

It is a sacred cauldron used by druids.
Custom is to use it only on full-moon nights, surrounded by virgins.
__________________
You are looking at the hole in the doughnut and not the doughnut itself.
You primates are so predictable.
beergears is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 04:42 PM   #4
FlyGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
FlyGuy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 3,618
Liked 166 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Sarcasm? I take it someone didn't like my Aluminum pot FAQ.
FlyGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 04:48 PM   #5
beergears
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
beergears's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: somewhere west of Boston Harba'
Posts: 1,004
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Bah...a lobbyist for the SS industry, or the guy is really pushing gold...!
__________________
You are looking at the hole in the doughnut and not the doughnut itself.
You primates are so predictable.
beergears is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 04:51 PM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 65,869
Liked 6201 Times on 4415 Posts
Likes Given: 1645

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyGuy
Sarcasm? I take it someone didn't like my Aluminum pot FAQ.
I prefer to think of it as humor.............
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 04:52 PM   #7
wildwest450
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 9,099
Liked 170 Times on 155 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew
I prefer to think of it as humor.............
Bad humor at that.
wildwest450 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 05:57 PM   #8
gyrfalcon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 156
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wildwest450
Bad humor at that.
Well I had fun writing it...

Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyGuy
Sarcasm? I take it someone didn't like my Aluminum pot FAQ.
I liked it! I just find the FAQ stuff a bit amusing... BTW I have an aluminum pot, but unfortunately no gold ones yet.
__________________
On Deck:
Primary A: Fuggles I.P.A. Primary B: Jonathan & Heidi Mead
Primary C: Pina Melomel Primary D: EdWort's Apfelwein Mod.
Primary E: Effel 07 (Blue Wine) Bottling: BrewFrick Panty Dropper Mod. (Clover Hoof)
Drinking: Schells Beer
Planning: Octane I.P.A.
gyrfalcon is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2008, 08:14 PM   #9
bigben
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: My House
Posts: 522
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Yea but gold is soft...you'll get a lot of scratches and dents
bigben is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2008, 01:25 AM   #10
derogg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Aliso Viejo, Ca
Posts: 164
Default

I think for a few extra buck you can get a Leprechaun assistant brewer. - Dirk


__________________
Bier frisch und gut, schafft frohen Mut.
derogg is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FAQ: Aluminum Pots for Boil Kettles? FlyGuy Equipment/Sanitation 380 08-26-2015 04:46 PM
Advice/opinions on brew pots/kettles please... Schnitzengiggle Equipment/Sanitation 3 04-03-2009 09:13 PM
Cabellas Boil Pots Craig311 Equipment/Sanitation 11 10-02-2008 06:48 PM
We need kettles ebhomey Equipment/Sanitation 10 10-25-2006 05:10 PM
Anyone insulate their pots during boil? Driftwood General Techniques 1 10-20-2005 10:44 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS