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Old 01-21-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Bayou Classic Brew Kettle?

I'm looking at getting a new brew kettle, and I came across this:

http://store.123greetings.com/bayou-...gn=september12

Seems like a good deal to me, but it wouldn't be worth it if the quality isn't there.

Anybody have any experience with these?

Bayou Classic generally?

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Old 01-21-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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I've used Bayou pots for years brewing. They aren't as stout as a lot of the more expensive pots and mine don't have the thick triple clad bottoms. But they will allow you to make fantastic beer in a pot that's cheaper than most.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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This one is tri-clad as far as I can tell, but I can't seem to find the wall thickness. I'd like to know how thick the SS is. I'll probably still get it anyway even if it's thinner SS, but I'd like to know what I'm getting. I can't seem to find the information.

EDIT: Found the wall thickness. It's .8MM 20 gauge. It's pretty thin, but it still seems like a great deal.

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I got all my pots before they offered these, I wish they'd have had these when I first started. I'm guessing you won't have any issues with them, probably wouldn't be a real good idea to try and move them when they are full though.

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.8mm is a little thin for a kettle that size but they do have a good price for a complete package.

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With these new Bayou Classic pots, the false bottom sits at about the 2-gallon mark. That seems like a lot of water below the grain if you mash in this pot. Would this be a problem? How does one need to adjust their brewing methods to account for this volume of water?

(To the original poster, I've seen the new Bayou Classic pots in person. They seem to be very nicely made. Whether or not 20 gauge is considered thick, the pots feel solid. The handles are welded. The base is clad.)

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I'm planning to use mine as a brew pot. The false bottom would be really nice for keeping the hops out of the primary without having to use hop bags (which I hate). Then I just need to install a dip tube.

I'd really like to get a closer look at the bulkhead and the way it attaches inside. From the threads on the bazooka tube, it looks like a standard 1/2" coupling, but I can't see for sure.

Anybody know?

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I found a better picture on google images, and it seems to be a 1/2" Coupling. I'm going to get the pot and I think I found a cheaper solution than the dip tubes I keep seeing for like $25. I am planning to buy these 2 things to make a cheap dip tube:

5/8" Hose Barb

1/2" NPT 90 Degree Elbow

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Dang Spike that's almost a glowing review from someone whose primary business is building kettles.

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Pretty nice little setup these are. I really think they missed the mark on the false bottom placement though. Might be ok for a boil screen for hops, but at 3-4" that seems like an awful lot of dead space for an MLT. I also wish they hadn't perpetuated the whole tri-clad bottom myth, they probably could have kept the cost down a bit by using a normal bottom.

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