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Old 12-29-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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I'm going to start buying parts so I can go All Grain, for now I plan to do Full Boil Extracts. I'm curious on what everyone thinks of this Brew Kettle? Amazon has the 44 Quart for $83 and free shipping. The reviews look good, but I'm wondering if the thickness of the Pot will be good enough?

Amazon.com: Bayou Classic 1036, 36-Qt. Stainless Fryer/Steamer: Patio, Lawn & Garden

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Old 12-29-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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The Bayou Classic pots are great for the price. They're no Blingmanns, sure, but they're some of the best pots for that price. I have the 62qt and will be buying another.

Edit: I agree with v, go bigger. Not much of a price difference.

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Old 12-29-2011, 09:25 PM   #3
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I don't recommend buying anything less than 15 gallons. If you continue down this road, you'll thank me.

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Old 12-29-2011, 09:39 PM   #4
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I have one with a spigot. Once you have that much weight, you'll need an easy way to get the wort into the fermentor. The spigot it comes with isn't very good, but it works. It is easy to upgrade valves and saves you from having to drill the pot.

This thread shows how to convert it to a ball-valve:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/bayo...50/index3.html

May be just as easy to go with a weldless bulkhead, depending on your preference...

It looks like the price is now $68.95. Can't go wrong with that!

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For $3.00 more you could get one of these.

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I have 2 of them set up with bobby_m's sight glass thermo combo and weldless bulkheads.They are really thin but so far I have not had any problems with them.on the plus side the thin skin is easy to drill.I also like the fact they are taller than they are wide.

The handles are spot wleded on now instead of riveted so ignore the leaky handle comments.

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For $3.00 more you could get one of these.
oh man are these really only 12in high?

I was resigned to the brewers best 40qt pot due to overhead microwave clearance. Looks like this one might fit as well. Is this one any better than the brewer's best?
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I don't recommend buying anything less than 15 gallons. If you continue down this road, you'll thank me.
Take this to heart! Been there done that, now my 10 gallon Polarware gets very little love.
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I have 2 of them set up with bobby_m's sight glass thermo combo and weldless bulkheads.They are really thin but so far I have not had any problems with them.on the plus side the thin skin is easy to drill.I also like the fact they are taller than they are wide.

The handles are spot wleded on now instead of riveted so ignore the leaky handle comments.
Not all of them have welded handles. I just picked up a 44qt. one from the same Amazon link and it has riveted handles.
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Hello All,

I'm going to start buying parts so I can go All Grain, for now I plan to do Full Boil Extracts. I'm curious on what everyone thinks of this Brew Kettle? Amazon has the 44 Quart for $83 and free shipping. The reviews look good, but I'm wondering if the thickness of the Pot will be good enough?

Amazon.com: Bayou Classic 1036, 36-Qt. Stainless Fryer/Steamer: Patio, Lawn & Garden
I bought the 82 qt model from Stainless Steel Stock Pots and hard to beat the price with free shipping. It is the same 18 gauge 304 SS as the Blichmann Boilermakers.

I converted it into an electric HLT.
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