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Old 03-14-2009, 01:54 AM   #21
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Just ordered my 40qt. Thanks for the info!!

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Old 03-14-2009, 03:28 AM   #22
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Yea, I mainly do 1/4 kegs, or 7.75 gallons, it was a stretch for my 11gal kettle. I picked up the 60 for the deal. Now I'm thinking I can two two 1/4 barrel batches simultaneously. You will find that the longer you brew...you start to find ways to cut labor....larger batches does that
Be careful pouring that big pot. How hard is would it be to add valve on to these? I'm thinking with such thin aluminum it would be difficult.
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:38 AM   #23
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Fairly thin to be welding on. I'm not sure about weldless fittings, but that might be an option. Myself, I just chill and then siphon to my fermenter. My turkey fryer pot has a spigot on it, but it gets clogged with hops too easily so i never use it.

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Old 03-14-2009, 04:07 AM   #24
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Not sure if I will add a valve...if one were to do it, I remember reading a post where someone recomended using larger stainless washers about the weldless valve to better support the hardware. Sounded like a good way to proceed.

Anyways, easy enough to siphon, or easier yet, I have seen brewers merely '"ladle" the cooled wort out of the kettle w/ a large sanitized pitcher, which will also aerate towards the fermenter.

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Old 03-14-2009, 02:15 PM   #25
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Thanks for the tip! I just ordered mine - just under $36 delivered to Mass.

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Old 03-14-2009, 08:47 PM   #26
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Thanks Janet!
Just ordered my 60 qt!
Woot!

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Old 03-15-2009, 02:00 AM   #27
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Hey... just a heads up suggestion for anyone who ordered one of these "bargain / high value" kettles. The inside of mine was a bit rough, I spent about ten minutes with a piece of 400 wet/dry sandpaper on the interior of the kettle and it is now smooth as glass. I doubt this is really needed, but will probably make cleaning the pot in the future much easier.

If you dont have the sandpaper, I think a regular kitchen type scrubbie or a "scotch brite" would have the needed bite to season or pollish up the inside a bit.

This certainly isn't required, guess I'm just a bit fussy. Again...helluva deal!

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Old 03-21-2009, 12:21 AM   #28
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Thank you Janet,
Just got my 60qt today. I could not be happier!
At 17 3/4" dia x 16" High it's good sized. At 1/8" thick, I think it is plenty heavy enough.
And at $38 to my doorstep...
That's priceless.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:37 PM   #29
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Have any of you tried to add a ball valve and spigot to these? How would you go about doing that? I wouldn't mind attaching a weldless fitting to one of these if it's possible.

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Old 03-21-2009, 12:39 PM   #30
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Have any of you tried to add a ball valve and spigot to these? How would you go about doing that? I wouldn't mind attaching a weldless fitting to one of these if it's possible.
Use a step-bit and drill! I have a weldless fitting on a similar pot myself.
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