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New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:03:58 PM »
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.
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 06:15:38 PM »
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.

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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 06:57:46 PM »
Get a keggle.

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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 08:52:58 PM »
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.
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2013, 03:38:08 AM »
Do you ever plan to brew 10 gallon batches? What's your budget?
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2013, 04:08:40 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

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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 05:43:05 AM »
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.
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 05:44:41 AM »
I have an 8-gallon megapot which is perfect for 5-gallon batches.
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2013, 05:54:04 AM »
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.
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2013, 07:35:52 AM »
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.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2013, 07:48:54 AM by thebigbaker »
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2013, 07:48:10 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

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

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.
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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2013, 08:01:59 AM »
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.

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Re: New brew pot suggestions
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2013, 09:00:14 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

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

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.
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