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Test the Quality of your Stainless Steel cookware

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This is a very simple test and it will give you a bit of insight into why the food you cook or beer you make tastes the way it does.  

1.) A pint of water, distilled would probably be best for all around but use your household water if you use it to cook or brew with.  Pour it into the pot or pan you want to test and begin heating it.  

2.) Add a small amount of baking soda (a single teaspoon is plenty) to the water just before or about the time the water begins to boil and stir it or slosh it around so its thoroughly mixed.

3.) Either cool the water in the pan or take a small amount (I would suggest no more than a teaspoon) out and cool it before tasting it.

If your cookware is of good quality, it will taste like the water you started with, perhaps a slight saltiness to it but thats all.  If the cookware is of low quality then you're going to want something to spit in because it tastes very Bad.  Have some candy ready to help get the taste out of your mouth... you'll thank me for reminding you to have the candy trust me, mints work well.

Come on... I DARE You to test your equipment, just don't blame me if you want to buy new pots and pans if your test shows your equipment has other minerals leaching into the water.  Its a Great test but it really shocks some people when they find out the truth about their equipment.

Post the results of your test here then.  

I would really like to see how some of the brew kettles stack up in this test... like Boilermaker, Polarware, etc, etc.

I think it would and should make a huge difference to anyone that brews seriously, especially if they are entering contests.  The results will probably amaze everyone.

Any takers?  It only takes about 5 minutes or less to do it.  I would seriously like to know how the professionally made brew kettles compare in this test.

FWIW... I bet the stainless steel used in beer kegs is high in aluminum content and if tested this way will taste like crap but I haven't tried it "yet".   :-\  Not saying brewing with aluminum is wrong, just that it imparts a flavor to the end product.

Have you done this with SS converted kegs?  That is all that I have used in quite a long time.....

I was modifying my last post when you posted... no I haven't tried kegs yet but I'm going to on my next batch.  I think they won't pass the test honestly.  The reason I say that is because I know the older kegs were made of aluminum, I doubt the big breweries would spend that much more money in their packaging.  All stainless steel has some aluminum in it as I understand it but the quantities of the various minerals used is what makes the difference... and thickness if the bottoms are clad or layered.


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