Using your boil kettle for other purposes?

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

dsaavedra

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2014
Messages
635
Reaction score
122
Does anybody here use their boil kettle for other purposes? I was thinking about using mine to steam seafood (crabs and oysters) but I wasn't sure if it would be a good idea.
 

B-Hoppy

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
1,763
Reaction score
381
Location
ohio
Boiled a lobster in it once. Was the only pot big enough and boy was it good!
 

julioardz

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2012
Messages
370
Reaction score
66
I've boiled crawfish in my stainless steel brew kettle. I lightly scrubbed it with soap and water, rinsed, and used it for a batch of beer a few days later with no problem at all. I also ferment in my brew kettle. There haven't been any issues with that either.
 

johnsnownw

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2012
Messages
448
Reaction score
57
Location
Minneapolis
Personally, I use my brewing equipment exclusively for brewing. That said, it would probably depend solely how well you clean.
 

miked597

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 21, 2013
Messages
71
Reaction score
7
My first pot turned into a urinal during a party I had!!! Never brewed again in that pot. Now it holds salt for all this snow I'm getting this winter. I was very pissed off at the time. No pun intended!!!
 

RM-MN

Supporting Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Nov 26, 2010
Messages
14,516
Reaction score
5,275
Location
Solway
My first pot turned into a urinal during a party I had!!! Never brewed again in that pot. Now it holds salt for all this snow I'm getting this winter. I was very pissed off at the time. No pun intended!!!
A little soapy water and a couple rinses would have made that pot as good as new. :rockin:
 

DrunkleJon

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jan 18, 2011
Messages
8,187
Reaction score
2,567
Location
Alexandria
Yeah go ahead. Looking around this site you will see that people use used turkey fryers and as long as you clean and rinse your pot you should be fine. If the pot has weldless hardware I would disassemble to make sure you get it thoroughly cleaned, otherwise with fittings just run some soapy water through it and rinse well. Basically, if you can no longer smell the seasonings you will be fine. Heck with only a good rinsing and the 5+ gallons of beer you probably wouldnt be able to notice anything from residue anyway.
 

tooblue02

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 26, 2013
Messages
182
Reaction score
14
Location
Bristol
I use my 5 gallon pot for Sous Vide Chicken, but the 10 gallon is only for beer since I am not sure what I would actually cook in there besides a boat load of lobstah! I was planning on using my 5 gallon one for soup as well but that got cancelled.
 

Hello

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2013
Messages
11,420
Reaction score
3,399
Location
Raleigh
I'd use mine for a seafood boil for sure. My 5 gallon. My 15 gallon is huge. In fact, people seem to think I could boil a person in it if I am so inclined. I'm not, so it'll be just for brewing beer.
 

poptarts

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2013
Messages
2,022
Reaction score
473
Location
Charlotte
ive done some crab boil in mine several times, nom nom nom
we are using industrial grade cooking ware, its cleans up like any other nice pots and pans you cook with.
 

Schmaffy

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 3, 2014
Messages
49
Reaction score
20
Location
Palmyra
My brew pot started out as a 22qt. stainless steel soup pot.

I haven't made soup in a LONG time... :)
 

NivekD

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 13, 2012
Messages
659
Reaction score
101
Location
West Jordan
Used mine last night to make up batch of chicken stock. Cleaned right up and ready for beer or anything else I need it for.
 

wtfDean

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 23, 2014
Messages
139
Reaction score
22
Location
Los Angeles
my kettle came used with a turkey fryer i found on craigslist. i'm sure turkey was fried in it at some point, but it was clean. i did a seafood boil once and it definitely got a little funky. I scoured the hell out of it for a while and used a bunch of powdered cookware cleaner. it never gave me a bad batch of beer. i haven't used my kettle for anything but beer since i rigged it with a valve and screen, though.
 

jonmohno

Banned
Joined
Nov 21, 2010
Messages
5,849
Reaction score
419
Location
Corn
Making some vegetable soup in one of my smaller pots right now.
 

barnaclebob

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2013
Messages
463
Reaction score
65
Location
Pacific Northwest
I use mine with a strainer basket for canning. It holds 14 - 16 qt jars.

I also use it as part of an apple press.

My wort chiller is going to be used to cool turkey noodle soup before adding the noodles next thanksgiving so they don't get too mushy.
 

UglyDude

Loud Mic
Joined
Jan 6, 2014
Messages
112
Reaction score
17
Location
Long Beach
I am in charge of mashed potatoes for 30 people every thanksgiving. I am supposed to ensure that there is enough for leftovers becaue I am such an awesome mashed tater maker, [lol] so of course I use the boil kettle :)
 
OP
dsaavedra

dsaavedra

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2014
Messages
635
Reaction score
122
This is awesome to hear guys! Looks like I need to go get a steamer basket that fits in my 5 gallon boil kettle. Any suggestions?
 
Top