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Old 04-16-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Best Economy Brewing Kettle

I just got into brewing and had to borrow a kettle for my first batch. I'm not looking to buy a decent kettle. I have been looking around on amazon for one in the $20-30 range. Is it worth buying one in that range if I'm just getting into brewing? Any suggestions on what to get? Thanks in advance

Here is one I was looking at:
http://www.amazon.com/Imusa-Stainles...4614458&sr=8-3

I also saw this at Walmart:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Granite-Wa...-Rack/10543332

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Old 04-16-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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Pick up a 15 gallon keg and convert it to a brew kettle. You can find one on eBay for 30 dollars. It's not hard to do. It's thr perfect size for 10 to 13 gallon brew.

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Old 04-16-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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Pick up a 15 gallon keg and convert it to a brew kettle. You can find one on eBay for 30 dollars. It's not hard to do. It's thr perfect size for 10 to 13 gallon brew.
yeah thats a good suggestion for someone looking to get into stovetop/cheap brewing.


either of those shown would would work and will do a realistic 3-4 gallon boil if your stove will. I'd lean towards the enamaled one with the canning rack as an easy way to keep steeping bags of the bottom.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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If you have an addictive personality like most brewers do, you will soon wish you would have spent a little extra on a keg conversion and burner. A turkey fryer setup is a good option as well. Burner and kettle for 40ish$ at walmart isn't a bad deal and you can do full wort boils which is very beneficial provided you get a chiller of some sort

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:00 AM   #5
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Aluminum is another option you can probably spend a bit less or get a bit of a larger pot for the same money. Here's an example: http://www.amazon.com/Imperial-MW120.../dp/B0072NBC00.

I have a 15G bayou classic that looks like that one that I'm still using as a boil kettle. When I first got into brewing I bought an 8 gallon stainless steel pot that is just chilling out in my garage unused now.

I'd almost recommend shooting straight for a larger kettle. 10-15 gallons. It's more pricy. No reason you couldn't start with a smaller pot of course. Depends on your personality and what you're interested in. I only did a few batches on my smaller pot before I decided I really wanted something larger so I kind of feel like it was a waste of money (I spent more than $25 though ). I had some boil over issues in the 8 gallon while doing full volume boils.

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We have some Aluminum kettles which are perfect for the first time brewer.

http://spikebrewing.com/collections/bargain-cave

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If you can afford it, the bayou classic line is a solid investment. You can get a 10 gallon SS kettle for around $70. This gives you the option to continue to brew with extract, or if you decide to go to all grain it will be large enough for 5 gal batches.

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yeah thats a good suggestion for someone looking to get into stovetop/cheap brewing.


He did not specify stove top or what. He is going to put the same amount into this as he would a stove top. When he out grows this, and he will, he will not have to reinvest into something else. Also if he decides he does not want it the converted kettle will fly off ebay.
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You can get stainless in that price range if your just looking to do partial boils.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...ms7GL_eUfeh_Dw

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...oUVk1UZgYK9sxA

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Old 04-17-2012, 05:43 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input! Right now I am using a electric glass top range to do my brewing. The keg conversion looks cool but I think I'd rather get a turkey fryer or kettle to use on our stove. I plan to continue using extract kits, but would I have a burning issue if I get a cheaper kettle?

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