Brass kettle useable?

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Brassweasel
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Sat Mar 09, 2024 2:47 pm

My great grandmother passed away last year, and I got this kettle from her. I have no idea if I can actually use it to brew tea or not, and the only thing it says is “Made in Germany” on the bottom. Does anyone know if it’s usable?
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Sun Mar 10, 2024 1:49 pm

I am not an expert. But it should be good. Maybe for some high quality level top smth may be problems. In rest i don't think there should be any issues. But again. I am not an expert.
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Mon Mar 11, 2024 12:10 am

Brassweasel wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2024 2:47 pm
My great grandmother passed away last year, and I got this kettle from her. I have no idea if I can actually use it to brew tea or not, and the only thing it says is “Made in Germany” on the bottom. Does anyone know if it’s usable?
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Clean it, cook water and try how you like the taste. Then try side by side making tea with a different kettle and see how you like that.
My hunch is it won't fare well compared to other materials.
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Fri Mar 15, 2024 10:09 pm

Hard to tell, but it looks more like a hammered copper kettle than a brass one, but brass is mostly copper anyhow.

Regardless, tea is mildly acidic and thus shouldn't be used in a copper kettle or a brass vessel unless there is a tin or stainless steel or silver lining, and the lining is in good condition. Bare copper kettles can be used for boiling (non-acidic) water, though, which is what copper kettles were used for in Japan (in place of a tetsubin).
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Fri Apr 12, 2024 3:01 pm

Brassweasel wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2024 2:47 pm
My great grandmother passed away last year, and I got this kettle from her. I have no idea if I can actually use it to brew tea or not, and the only thing it says is “Made in Germany” on the bottom. Does anyone know if it’s usable?
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I would look to get it tinned on the inside for safety. Idk your location but there should be tinsmiths in Europe. I know of one in Chicago. They re-tin copper pans. I am thinking of having this done to a Japanese copper kettle I have since the tin has worn away over time.

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