I've been brewing for a while using a 48 quart cooler for mashing, but I can't get my temps quite right. To solve, I ordered a stainless steel kettle with a weldless thermometer & 304 stainless steel ball valve. I'm on a budget & picked the cheapest 32 quart kettle I could find. I'm wondering if this is a mistake and am asking for input. Questions are:
1. AFAIK, food safe means safe for storage for long periods of time, like a fermenting vessel. Am I OK to use this for a mash tun? Figuring, the longest I'd have grain in there for is 3 hours, more typically 1.5 hrs.
2. Lead testing kits are available and lead should not be a problem, but what about copper or anything else that might leach?
I would not think any of this would be an issue, but my crafty blue-coller friends have questioned the quality of the steel and whether I should think otherwise.
Loving the AHA - thanks all.