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Solid bottom brew pots??
« on: June 14, 2019, 02:33:32 PM »
Looking for a source for SS brewing vessels around 20 - 25 gal that do not have tri-clad bottoms. I am working on building a new system that utilizes electric heating elements and I want to weld tri-clamp fittings to the bottom of the pots, so I am pretty sure that the bottoms will need to be solid.

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Re: Solid bottom brew pots??
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 06:12:24 PM »
Polar ware and bayou classic offer single layer bottom on some of their kettles, IIRC.  Good luck with the welding - Brew Hardware has helpful you tube videos on the subject!
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 10:20:10 PM »
The Polarware, Bayou and their ilk are a little lightweight for my taste.  Try searching restaurant supplies for something a bit sturdier.   My local restaurant supply house carries both tri clad and solid bottom SS stock pots, though I don't believe I've seen them there in those sizes.  But they certainly must exist.  Good luck.
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Solid bottom brew pots??
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 11:06:09 PM »
Looking for a source for SS brewing vessels around 20 - 25 gal that do not have tri-clad bottoms. I am working on building a new system that utilizes electric heating elements and I want to weld tri-clamp fittings to the bottom of the pots, so I am pretty sure that the bottoms will need to be solid.
I would advise against having heating elements straight up (if I read your post correctly)
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Re: Solid bottom brew pots??
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2019, 04:33:58 AM »
On the cost/benefit front, after about 30 batches in a 19 gal Brewmaster I'm still very happy with it. More than durable enough to drill out for fittings and comes with the basics already welded in. https://www.morebeer.com/category/brewmaster-kettles.html

Like Leos said, you'll give up some thermodynamic efficiency mounting the elements vertically.
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Re: Solid bottom brew pots??
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2019, 01:46:28 PM »
Based on what I've seen, welding fittings into SST kettles is not really a great option. Using swaged fittings and silver soldering is easily accomplished at the homebrew level and is plenty strong and durable enough.
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