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Offline olcurt

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Re: Kettle Questin Beginner
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2010, 07:00:48 PM »
ok...now for 5 gallon batches like
I will make, is it worth it to go copper? I like being unique,  but if there is an advantae to the brew being in stainless or aluminum, it would be silly not to do that!

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Re: Kettle Questin Beginner
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2010, 07:23:32 PM »
ok...now for 5 gallon batches like
I will make, is it worth it to go copper? I like being unique,  but if there is an advantae to the brew being in stainless or aluminum, it would be silly not to do that!

Guess it depends on how much uniqueness is worth to you.  Ten gallons is the perfect size for five gallon batches and, from poking around a bit, it looks like ten gallon copper kettles start around $400.  You can get a sandwich bottom stainless ten gallon kettle for $100.
Joe

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Re: Kettle Questin Beginner
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2010, 07:51:29 AM »
I use aluminum for my kettle. Boil water in it for 30 minutes or so, and you'll have an oxide layer that withstands all but the toughest scrubbing. Check this one out: http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/update-international/apt-40/p4857.aspx, 10 gallons for 40 bucks. It's what I use, and it's heavy gauge aluminum, sturdier than most SS kettles I've seen. I could drop it from my second story windows and I'd be surprised if it even dented.
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Re: Kettle Questin Beginner
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2010, 09:32:27 AM »
I LIKE that kettle. If I went with weldless bulkheads/valve setups should I use a stainless or brass with this aluminum pot?

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Re: Kettle Questin Beginner
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2010, 10:21:32 AM »
I LIKE that kettle. If I went with weldless bulkheads/valve setups should I use a stainless or brass with this aluminum pot?

I went with stainless on my aluminum kettle. Noticed a little bi-metal corrosion where the nut pressed against the bulkhead- so put another o-ring on the inside. Seems to have solved the problem for now.

You'll need to pickle brass before it's first use.
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Re: Kettle Questin Beginner
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2010, 11:35:53 PM »
IMO aluminum would make a fine HLT....just IMO...
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