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Old 05-22-2013, 12:41 AM   #21
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Same factory more than likely but someone measured that it's only .75mm thick; 'Concord' is 1mm. It's thin but a weldless fitting will work. Welding won't be an option on something that thin. The handles on that are also attached cheaply. A couple spot welds won't hold up to 10gal of wort.
Gotcha. Maybe it's the same template but with different steel or something?
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:56 AM   #22
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Gotcha. Maybe it's the same template but with different steel or something?
Same dies I'd assume but different thickness. We can get them ordered in pretty much any thickness just have to hit the MOQ.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:49 PM   #23
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I drilled the pot and put a weldless valve on this week. Had a little trouble with the HF bits that I used.

I am going to brew a batch either tomorrow or Monday.

Sorry to hear people are getting backorders. My pot shipped quickly.

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Old 05-22-2013, 11:07 PM   #24
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I was thinking of picking up 3 kegs to turn into keggles and do an eherms. Maybe 3 of these would be a better option.

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Old 05-23-2013, 03:09 AM   #25
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Well look what arrived today!



Very nice kettle! Thickness seems on par w/ my Bayou Classic 44 qt. Yes, this is a thinner kettle, but unless you plan on tossing it around the brewery, I would expect it to last a very, very long time! Regarding thicker kettles, I also have an older Volrath 20 gal., it is like tank armor, but handling it can be a chore...let us be reminded that lighter has advantages as well!

Fit and finish seems great! I am pleased for the money spent!

Settling in w/ the rest of the pack...actually another 20 gal. has gone AWOL.

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Hey Wilser... you might want to talk to someone about your 'pot habit'.
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Hey Wilser... you might want to talk to someone about your 'pot habit'.
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Seriously dude...I have 4, only use 2, and I thought I was bad...

Speaking of which, anyone need a 8g Aluminum HLT pre-drilled for two 110v heating elements and a 1/2" bulkhead? Will sell it to you REAL cheap!
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The handles on that are also attached cheaply. A couple spot welds won't hold up to 10gal of wort.
can anyone who owns one of these confirm that the handles are spot welded only, and no rivets are used?

mind you, i don't care too much about handle strength. one of the reasons i went to a single tier brew stand was to use pumps and never have to lift a full pot again. the wort won't be transported by hand until it's in a carboy.
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The handles on that are also attached cheaply. A couple spot welds won't hold up to 10gal of wort.
Well Spike...it is actually 5 spot welds per each handle side...or 20 spot welds total...so how you say it won't hold up to 10 gal. of wort kinda troubles me? So just for kicks, I put the pot on the floor and kicked my feet up on the couch and did five push ups on the kettles handles, I weigh 185 ahem...the pot could care less and I still have all my teeth...

Just for the record, I have an old Volrath 15 gal made in Shoboygan WI, looks to have been a very expensive kettle at the time....and guess what, the spot welded handles have held up fine for 20 - 30 years of commercial abuse and misuse!

Yes, I agree, the handles are attached economically, but for a $55 dollar kettle...let's not throw out the baby so quickly please!
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Well I say it as a word of caution. The kettle is put together with one thought in mind; as cheap as possible. The kettle is very thin (.75mm) and the spot welding on the radius of the round handle is far from optimal (your Volrath has a flattened area where the spot welds are for a reason).

With all that being said would I trust carrying it around with 10 gallons of hot wort? No way. It'll work great with a pump but wanted to warn people of the possible danger.

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