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Posted: 16-Apr-2007, 12:42 AM
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I have a question on home brew wine mead and beer.

can one cook their preferred liquid in an aluminium pot safely?
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Posted: 16-Apr-2007, 06:46 AM
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No. Use stainless steel or enamel. I use a big enameled stockpot and a propane burner, which can boil 5 gallons at a time. Alternatively, I guess that you could use a smaller pot, doing 1 gallon at a time 5 times.
To make wine, you don't need to boil anything; that's only for ale & mead.


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Posted: 16-Apr-2007, 09:21 PM
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ok Emmet thanks I appriciate it guess I will use it for irish stew lol, anyways thanks beer_mug.gif
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Posted: 17-Apr-2007, 08:00 AM
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Stew's better in stainless or enamel for the same reason; acids in the food can react with and etch aluminum. Actually, cast iron is best; a minute amount of iron leeches out and is added to your diet.
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Posted: 17-Apr-2007, 09:10 AM
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Is there anything to the old idea that aluminum pots leaching out is harmful -- I think the powers said once it's a risk factor for Alzheimer's. But it's true that anything acidic shouldn't be cooked in it. That's a good idea about cast iron too.

I haven't brewed anything in that kind of volume, but for herbal teas and medicines, I have always liked glass pots (Pyrex) the best. It's completely inert and disinfectable.
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Actually, the last I heard the concept was pretty much baseless. Considering a large portion of industrial cookware is aluminum, I never really worried about it save to avoid putting acidic items in them, like tomato sauce.

Just for the love of the gods don't cook tomatoes in old-fashioned tinware. Trust me.


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why do i say alumi-NUM....
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why do i say alumi-NUM....

Because you're apparently American or Canadian. British or Australians will say it and spell the same word "aluminium."
Both are correct.


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I see it has been 3 months from the last post. May I ask how the brew came
out? My neighbor makes wine and beer, lovely stuff. I adore being quality
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