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Old 12-25-2008, 03:59 AM   #1
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Default Low price brew pot - ok?

so i got some stainless steel pots from Harbor Freight for next to nothing - are they ok to use??


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Old 12-25-2008, 04:43 AM   #2
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I would say if they are stainless steel and not aluminum you are pretty good. Some people fuss about the gauge of the steel but if you can tell the difference in your brew you have better taste buds than I do.


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And I would say that even if they were aluminum it really wouldn't matter. Aluminum is fine for brewing too.
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And I would say that even if they were aluminum it really wouldn't matter. Aluminum is fine for brewing too.
What? i've always herd that was a no go for many reasons
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Do a search for aluminum vs. stainless. You will find great info and also find out that many brewers use aluminum. John Palmer from How to Brew has used it too. There are many myths associated with aluminum, but the reality is they are as safe as stainless (and cheaper too).
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Harbor Freight Tools - Stainless Stock Pots

Looks like a good deal for a stovetop brewer.

I'm not even going to broach the stainless vs aluminum topic here. It's been overdone on HBT. Do a search.
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for a bit more you can get the turkey fryer combo.

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I have that set of Harbor Freight pots. Not the best quality, but for $30 bucks it is a decent set especially since I am on a stove top. Just make sure to clean them well, the rivets on mine had some black grease on them that took some scrubbing before my first use.
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You could also put a disc of aluminum (best) or steel between the pot and the burner to minimize hot spots due to the thin gauge and you'd be still saving a lot of money.
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