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Old 06-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #101
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So, since the 25 gal seems to be on the thicker side, would you guys recommend it as a boil pot?
Depends really on what size batches you are looking to make IMHO. The 18 is a nice size for 10 gallon batches, and while a bit thin at .8mm, I feel it work fine as a boil kettle unless you have nuclear burner! The 25 gal is only a touch thicker at .9mm, but it is noticeable FWIW.

The 25 gal. is a big ass pot, and would probably be inconvenient for smaller batch brewing...10 gal and under.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #102
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Hehehe I'm aiming for 10-15 gal batches in the future, and building a brew rig to match! I was eying those Adventures in Homebrewing pots, but these are just sooooo much cheaper!

Maybe I'll get the AiH pots for boil/mash tun, and one of these for HLT. Pretty safe for that.

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:13 AM   #103
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Maybe I'll get the AiH pots for boil/mash tun, and one of these for HLT. Pretty safe for that.
Looks like it could be the same pot to me...

AIH is $219 shipped, I paid $70.50 inc. shipping.

So a weldless valve and thermometer is 60 bucks, or a 3 piece kit w/ sightglass from BobbyM is about a hundred.

Not sure why you think the AIH pot is a better pot beyond the fittings, valve and thermo?

JMO...good luck whatever you choose!
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:01 PM   #104
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I thought I had heard that the AiH pots were 18 ga, so a little higher quality . But I may have heard wrong . Also, having welded fittings is a nice little improvement. Icing on the cake more than anything.

If there's no appreciable difference in pot thickness, then these pots deserve a closer look! The price is just too good to pass up!

EDIT: Aslo, AiH custom makes full-bottom mash screens, which is a feature I really want and is going to be a challenge to get on these kettles...

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #105
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How thick is the bottom of the pot?

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #106
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[QUOTE=wilserbrewer;5279862 The 18 is a nice size...at .8mm, The 25 gal is thicker at .9mm.
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I believe the 18 gal. (claimed 80 qt) is .8mm. The claimed 110qt is 25 gallon and .9mm thick.

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Depends really on what size batches you are looking to make IMHO. The 18 is a nice size for 10 gallon batches, and while a bit thin at .8mm, I feel it work fine as a boil kettle unless you have nuclear burner! The 25 gal is only a touch thicker at .9mm, but it is noticeable FWIW.

The 25 gal. is a big ass pot, and would probably be inconvenient for smaller batch brewing...10 gal and under.

eh, so you think if I plan on doing 5-10 gallon batches I should have stuck with the 17 gallon pot? Damn, maybe I will just have to get another corny keg and start doing 10 gallon batches.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:54 PM   #108
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My 25 gallon pot will be here on Monday. Can't wait

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Old 06-21-2013, 05:16 AM   #109
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I just got my 25 gallon pot today. It shipped very quickly. This thing is much bigger than I thought, I am really beginning to wish I got the 17gallon pot. Also, the handles don't seem that strong. I have not toyed with it much, but I bet I could knock them off pretty easily with one swing of a hammer. I could feel them budge a bit just by tugging on them lightly..

I'm almost thinking about using this thing as a dog bed, since it is so ****ing big.

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I am really beginning to wish I got the 17gallon pot. .
cww,

I will gladly trade you the 18 gallon pot for a 25 gallon pot...shipping will likely kill the deal. Not sure where you are located?
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