### Author Topic: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle  (Read 11178 times)

#### geobrewer

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2010, 03:20:21 AM »
Thanks for all the advice, everyone. After mulling it around, I've now got my eye on this one, from Austin Homebrew Supply:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_33_463&products_id=10460

A couple of reasons:

It's 10 gallons (I think everyone agrees that's a good idea)
It's 1.2 mm thick (heaviest duty SS I've seen)
It's the cheapest pot with these specs (w/aluminum core bottom) when you consider shipping
I'm going to go with just the bare pot for now. I figure I can add the spigot and thermometer later if I want them. (cost IS a consideration for now)

One note about the NB pot mentioned: It's listed as 10 gallons, but the measurements appear to add up to ~12.75 gallons.
(Pi * radius squared) * height / 231 = gallons
(3.14 * 8.52) * 13 / 231 = 12.7672

#### Mark G

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2010, 02:20:26 PM »
That's a nice pot, but you might want to double check your math (radius = 8, height =12), it's pretty close to 10 gal.
Mark Gres

#### geobrewer

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2010, 02:46:21 PM »
Sorry if it wasn't clear. The measurements are of the Northern Brewer pot here:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-equipment/brew-kettles/megapots/10-gallon-megapot.html
which are 13" high, 17" diameter

You are right, the Austin Homebrew Supply pot I'm looking at adds up to 10 gallons

#### Hokerer

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2010, 03:04:44 PM »
Thanks for all the advice, everyone. After mulling it around, I've now got my eye on this one, from Austin Homebrew Supply:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_33_463&products_id=10460

Might want to check this one...

http://www.instawares.com/stainless-steel-stock-pot-sps-40.upi-sps40.0.7.htm

...basically the same pot for ~\$100 with free shipping.
Joe

#### dj99

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2010, 03:40:19 PM »

Might want to check this one...

http://www.instawares.com/stainless-steel-stock-pot-sps-40.upi-sps40.0.7.htm

...basically the same pot for ~\$100 with free shipping.

That's the one I have.  It looks just like the AHB one.  If AHB called it an "Update International SPS-40", then you could easily google it and find it cheaper.  Instawares sells the 20 gallon for \$159 shipped.  My LHBS sells an Update brand SS pot also.
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(in SW Washington)

#### stlaleman

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2010, 11:56:51 AM »
Check out http://www.brewhemoth.com for kettles.

#### realbeerguy

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2010, 04:05:26 PM »
First word of advice, buy the best you can so you only buy once.  You can do a 5 gal batch in a larger pot that will give you the capability to a 10 gal batch.  I'm surprised that no one mentioned a keggle.  Max is 13.5 gal preboil for a 10 gal. The Penrose looks good.  Morebeer is running deals of the day (I have no financial interest) tomorrow the whole day.  There may be some pots on there.
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#### mixmasterbrewmeister

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2010, 01:16:56 AM »
+1

10 gallon is the way to go.

Bigger is always better when it comes to kettles and tuns.

Welcome to the AHA.

Good Luck!

Do you guys use your 10 gallon Kettles on the stove? Or on a burner outside? I am also debating on equipment to purchase...

#### geobrewer

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2010, 02:03:49 AM »
Do you guys use your 10 gallon Kettles on the stove? Or on a burner outside? I am also debating on equipment to purchase...

I plan on using the 10 gallon on the Kitchen stove, for a few batches anyway. I've never had a problem getting 4 gallons to a rolloing boil. I assume 6 or 7 will be much more difficult, but there's only so much equipment I can buy at a time. I decided to start with purchasing a heavy duty 10 gallon kettle, and a 50' immersion wort chiller. Wife was giving me hell for scratching up the kitchen sink doing ice baths, so I thought the chiller would be the best next step.

After that, I plan on going for the outside burner. Then I'll start accumulating some all-grain equipment. After that will be kegging stuff. One step at a time.

#### Thirsty_Monk

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2010, 02:49:58 AM »
+1

10 gallon is the way to go.

Bigger is always better when it comes to kettles and tuns.

Welcome to the AHA.

Good Luck!

Do you guys use your 10 gallon Kettles on the stove? Or on a burner outside? I am also debating on equipment to purchase...

I use 10 gal Megapots on my stove.
But I have a larger burners and 3 burners going.
Na Zdravie

Lazy Monk Brewing
http://www.lazymonkbrewing.com

#### dcbc

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##### Re: 8 Gallon SS Brew Kettle
« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2010, 08:40:13 PM »
Not to complicate this any more... (well... yes just to complicate this a little more), here's the NB 10 gallon kettle, which goes for \$230 (with 1/2" ball valve and thermometer):
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-equipment/brew-kettles/megapots/10-gallon-megapot.html

And here's a 15 gallon kettle from Home Brew Stuff that actually costs \$10 less:
http://www.homebrewstuff.com/servlet/the-217/15-gallon-60-qt/Detail

I have the 20 gallon kettle from homebrewstuff, a 15 gallon kettle from morebeer, and used to have the 10 gallon megapot from NB.  They are the same quality/build of kettle with different names.  The B3 kettle does have the welds, but weldless works just as well in my experience.
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