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Title: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Lenk on April 17, 2013, 01:03:58 AM
I’m looking at upgrading my brew pot to stainless steel, any suggestions? I manly do 5 gal all grain. I’v been using the turkey fryer pot that comes with the burner.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: klickitat jim on April 17, 2013, 01:15:38 AM
I like my 8.5 gallon pot I got for under 90 on line from a well known supplier. I've added a blickman brewmometer, spigot valve, and screen tube from same source.

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: rjharper on April 17, 2013, 01:57:46 AM
Get a keggle.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Hokerer on April 17, 2013, 02:21:45 AM
This is the one I've got, can't be beat...

http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40 (http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40)
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: sparkleberry on April 17, 2013, 03:52:58 AM
I suggest you get something with a sight tube or sight tube ready. my volume levels got better instantly. and yes I tried using a stick to measure but like being able to just glance.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: bluesman on April 17, 2013, 10:38:08 AM
Do you ever plan to brew 10 gallon batches? What's your budget?
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: donsmitty on April 17, 2013, 11:08:40 AM
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you.  I just started brewing and plan on staying with 5 gallon batches.  So I bought a Boilermaker Brew Kettle from Blichmann.  Here's the link:  http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/boilermaker-brew-kettle.html
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: theDarkSide on April 17, 2013, 12:43:05 PM
I have the 10 gallon Megapot from Northern Brewer with brewometer and ss ball valve.  I only do 5 gallon batches as well.
 
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/megapot-with-ball-valve-brewmometer.html

Solid kettle.  Sometimes with my 90 minute boils, it can get really close to the top but a little Fermcap-S and a spray bottle in hand takes care of that.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Podo on April 17, 2013, 12:44:41 PM
I have an 8-gallon megapot which is perfect for 5-gallon batches.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on April 17, 2013, 12:54:04 PM
Another decently-priced option:

http://www.spikebrewing.com/

I've got a 15-gallon for my kettle and its pretty well made. They've raised their prices a bit, so the Megapot or MoreBeer's SS Economy kettle might be a better option:

http://morebeer.com/category/economy-stainless-brew-kettles.html

Of course - if you've got a more expanded budget: Go Blichmann.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Jimmy K on April 17, 2013, 01:10:23 PM
This is the one I've got, can't be beat...

http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40 (http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40)

Actually it can (at least on price). I have a Bayou Classic pot - though mine is 62 quarts.
http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366204139&sr=1-1&keywords=bayou+classic+stainless+pot (http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366204139&sr=1-1&keywords=bayou+classic+stainless+pot)
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: thebigbaker on April 17, 2013, 02:35:52 PM
I've got an 8 gallon Megapot that I normally do 3 gallon batches in but have done a couple of 5 gallon batches with no problem.  I was lucky enough to get mine off Craigslist for $50 and it came with a thermometor and ball valve.  I've very happy with the Megapot, however, those Blichmann kettles sure are nice. 

Edit:  Although I didn't have any issues with the few 5 gallon batches I've done, when I start to move to brewing mainly 5 gal batches, I will be getting a 10 gallon kettle.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Hokerer on April 17, 2013, 02:48:10 PM
This is the one I've got, can't be beat...

http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40 (http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40)

Actually it can (at least on price). I have a Bayou Classic pot - though mine is 62 quarts.
http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366204139&sr=1-1&keywords=bayou+classic+stainless+pot (http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366204139&sr=1-1&keywords=bayou+classic+stainless+pot)

To me, the Bayou Classic does not beat the Megapot (the Amazon link I provided for the Update International pot is the exact same pot as the Megapot, the Megapot even has the Update International sticker on it).  The Megapot is much heavier gauge steel than the Bayou and the big plus is the Megapot has the SS-AL-SS sandwich bottom which distributes the heat more evenly.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Slowbrew on April 17, 2013, 03:01:59 PM
I have a 12 gallon stainless pot that I use for 5 gallon batches.  It's big enough I can go to larger batches if I was to and I (almost) never have to worry about a boil over.

Paul
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Jimmy K on April 17, 2013, 04:00:14 PM
This is the one I've got, can't be beat...

http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40 (http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40)

Actually it can (at least on price). I have a Bayou Classic pot - though mine is 62 quarts.
http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366204139&sr=1-1&keywords=bayou+classic+stainless+pot (http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366204139&sr=1-1&keywords=bayou+classic+stainless+pot)

To me, the Bayou Classic does not beat the Megapot (the Amazon link I provided for the Update International pot is the exact same pot as the Megapot, the Megapot even has the Update International sticker on it).  The Megapot is much heavier gauge steel than the Bayou and the big plus is the Megapot has the SS-AL-SS sandwich bottom which distributes the heat more evenly.

Fair points. I've never been disappointed with mine though.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: redbeerman on April 17, 2013, 05:06:09 PM
This is the one I've got, can't be beat...

http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40 (http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-SPS-40-SuperSteel-Stainless/dp/B000X1OLJW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1366165191&sr=1-2&keywords=update+international+stainless+40)

I have the 60 quart version of this one.  It is very well made and a good deal.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Lenk on April 17, 2013, 11:32:37 PM
Thanks for the input so far! I do like the Blichmann Bollermaker 10 gal, with all the options but a bit on the pricey side. I like the keggle too, but it looks so big. I think a sight glass is a must have option.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: klickitat jim on April 18, 2013, 03:09:10 AM
In priority I think a big pot is #1, #2 is drain, #3 is screen, #4 is thermometer and #5 is sight tube

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

Title: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: denny on April 18, 2013, 03:21:38 AM
Thanks for the input so far! I do like the Blichmann Bollermaker 10 gal, with all the options but a bit on the pricey side. I like the keggle too, but it looks so big. I think a sight glass is a must have option.

A sight glass is nice, but I certainly don't consider it a must have.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: klickitat jim on April 18, 2013, 03:30:17 AM
Very cool but something to clean and leak and break.

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: kgs on April 18, 2013, 04:08:19 AM
I have the 32-quart Winware. If you're doing 5-gallon batches, the 10-gallon pot is a good idea, and not much more money.

http://www.amazon.com/Winware-Stainless-Steel-Quart-Stock/dp/B001AS81BQ/

It's a really nice pot. You can build on it as you go -- add a ball valve, etc.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: Lenk on April 19, 2013, 01:09:32 PM
In priority I think a big pot is #1, #2 is drain, #3 is screen, #4 is thermometer and #5 is sight tube

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

I like this priority list,
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: realbeerguy on April 19, 2013, 03:14:56 PM
Sight glass on hot liquor tank, yes.  On boil kettle no.

Get something big enough to do 10 gal batches.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: thatgeekguy on April 19, 2013, 05:50:53 PM
I started with an entry level 9 gallon pot that was a 'scratch and dent' from Austin Homebrew. Over the period of a few months and a half dozen batches I added a kettle valve and a sight glass/thermometer combo from Brew Hardware. Quite pleased....

....until I decided to try BIAB and wanted the capability of doing high gravity beers or 10 gallon batches. Hello Blichmann 15 gallon Boilermaker  :)

Built like a tank and I'll pass it on to my heirs when I die. Pricey, but I don't regret it. Just getting the last of the parts I need to turn it into a gas fired BIAB RIMS system, I love being a engineering geek almost as much as brewing.
Title: Re: New brew pot suggestions
Post by: euge on April 20, 2013, 02:08:40 AM
Go with a 20 gallon kettle. And aluminum is better and far less expensive.