Stainless Steel vs. Aluminum

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Cool, thanks alot. I think I'm going to go with aluminium then.
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Sixstring78 wrote:Cool, thanks alot. I think I'm going to go with aluminium then.
I think that's the best choice for most people :)
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The most important thing to NOT do with you aluminum kettle is scrub it with an abrasive pad. Don't try and make it bright and shiny. The pot should remain a dull grey colour - that's the oxidation layer. I use a sponge to clean my aluminum and it's worked very well.

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I worked in restaurants for many years while in highschool and university, overy pot and pan in every restaurant I worked at was aluminum. Cooking with an aluminum pot is great, stainless really sucks for cooking on. I have a big stainless pot I use to boil extract in, and when the stove is on max, I can put my hands around the middle of the pot and hold them there...with aluminum the whole pot gets hot and water boils at lower stove settings so you don't get burns spirals in the bottom of the pot.
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I've got an old piece of airplane fuel line, it' a dull aluminum, and it's from - at the latest - the 70's. It's basically a flexible, coiled piping. I was thinking about making an immersion chiller out of it. I'd rather have a counterflow, but the insides of the piping looks a little corroded. Would anyone recommend against using this stuff for an IC? I know copper is generally the way to go, but since I have this lying around...?

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I would tend to avoid aluminum if only for the fact that your heat transfer is better with copper (aluminum is pretty good too, just not quite as good as copper).
If you could clean it up to the point where you were confident in it, then by all means it would still make a pretty good free IC.
Btw I use an immersion chiller and I'm very happy with it. With a bit of a whirlpool I think its just as quick as an Counterflow and I don't have to worry about sanitizing it. Just drop it in the pot with 15 min left in the boil. Couldn't be simpler!
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I'm a Aluminum user and look at me I'm just fine ?

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No problem with Aluminum as you can see, seriously it works great !
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JimmehBrew wrote:I'm a Aluminum user and look at me I'm just fine ?

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No problem with Aluminum as you can see, seriously it works great !

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