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Old 02-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default 55 gallon Stainless Steel kettle: pros and cons

I'm in the process of trying to find a suitable boil kettle for 10 gallon batches. Unfortunately money is tight so I can't just buy whatever. However, I want to the most bang for my buck and for about $200 I can get a 55 gallon SS drum. Alternatively I can buy a 15 gal SS Bayou classic for $107 from amazon (cheapest I've found). For about 200+ I can get various other 15 gallon pots from various retailers.

My questions, then, are why would I want to get a smaller pot? For $200 bucks I could get a 55 gallon drum and make 10 gallon batches in it. Or I could get a 15 gallon pot for 107 and "limit" myself to about 12 gallons or less. Also, are there any negatives to using SS drums?

I have no intention (right now) of making more than 10 gallons of beer at a time. Is there a reason I shouldn't get the 55 gallon drums?

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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Same reason you don't buy a dump truck to move mulch around!

Why spend $100 more when you'll never need a kettle that big? A 55gal drum is harder to store, it's way heavier, it doesn't have handles, etc etc

Unless you plan starting a nano brewery stick to a 15gal kettle.

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Or for a few $ less you could go 60 qt. but this would allow 15 gal batches in future.
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might be worth it just for bragging rights.....I can see it now, invite the club over for brew night, wheel that sucker out, and watch the expressions


That and you can help stimulate our economy with all the fittings you are sure to buy.

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Same reason you don't buy a dump truck to move mulch around!



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That argument doesn't work with some people.....most people around here garden with walk behind tillers.......I do it with a Restored 1950 John Deere M
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Boil off is much larger with a smaller batch in a 55 gallon kettle, and boil control is significantly harder with a 55 gallon kettle with a small batch. Smallest size for 55 gallons (my setup anyways) is about 25 gallons. You would want to match your kettle close to your batch size.

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