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Brewpots made from other materials than stainless-steel


Phil Williams • Lock Haven, Pennsylvania asks,

My current stainless-steel brew pot is only five gallons and has developed a crack in the rim. I need to replace it with something larger that will not break my bank account and send my wife into a frenzy. I know that stainless is highly recommended for use as a brew kettle and I understand why, but are there any cheaper alternatives? I have read articles, including one by you, that say that using aluminum can be OK. Is this true? Also, what about the ceramic canning kettles that are readily available?


A pot really only needs to satisfy a few simple requirements to become a qualified brew pot. For starters, it ought not to leak — a leaky kettle is a problem. A
Response by Ashton Lewis.