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General Homebrew Discussion / Kettle and electric brewing
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:02:53 AM »
Hey all looking for some perspective on boil kettles.

I'm in the process of stepping up to electric HERMS. Using keggles I already owned for HLT and MLT. I am going to buy a 20 gallon pot for the boil kettle.

So... I really can't justify spending a lot of money on the new kettle. I understand a thicker kettle will retain heat better and a thicker bottom will distribute heat better if your heat source is a burner underneath. But since I am going electric, the element will be submerged inside the kettle... so I don't care about heat distribution.

Can anyone make a case for investing serious $ into a nice kettle for electric brewers? Aesthetics do not concern me.


If not, I'm pulling the trigger on this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-80-QT-Quart-Polished-Stainless-Steel-Stock-Pot-Brewing-Kettle-Large-w-Lid-/190828810544?pt=Cookware&hash=item2c6e489130

20 gallons, stainless, and it's actually thicker than some kettles that are double the price (Bayou Classic, for example).

Cheers,
Drew

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