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Old 08-16-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Brew Kettle...Which to choose?

I've only been brewing since June and have two beers under my belt. When I started I bought a cheap ($12) 16 qt stainless steel kettle from Walmart. It served it's purpose. I wasn't sure how involved I was going to get with my new hobby, so I didn't want to go all out...yet! I love brewing beer and wanted to invest in a really good brew kettle. There are so many out there, but I'd love to hear from you professional brewers. I was thinking of upgrading to a 10 gallon megapot (3ply, 5mm bottom) with a valve and a thermometer. Any recommendations?

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Old 08-16-2012, 01:45 AM   #2
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Megapots are nice. At the end of the day, though, it's just a metal bucket. It either holds liquid or it doesn't.

Think about the features you want, and from there the decision is usually pretty simple.

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Old 08-16-2012, 01:53 AM   #3
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In my opinion the Megapots are not the best suited for brewing. The tri-bottom is a great marketing pitch but in reality it is not needed. I would recommend our kettle, a Bayou Classic or a Blichmann over a tri-bottom. They are more expensive, heavier and actually slow down heating times. Just my .02

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:05 AM   #4
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I recently received my SpikeBrewing kettle the other day and can say that I'm fully satisfied. I've been meaning to get some pictures up but work has been busy. Look for pictures come friday.

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I have a 10 gallon Megapot and I'm very happy with it. I don't have a valve or thermo, but have no trouble using my autosiphon to transfer to my carboy. For the thermometer I just use a meat thermometer with a long probe. I hook the clip on the thermometer to the edge of the pot, then use a binder clip on top of that to provide added security against knocking the thermometer into the wort. Not having any extraneous stuff sticking out into the pot makes stirring and cleanup easier, IMO. And I've never had any scorching from the three electric stove elements I heat with (built my own electric stove from an old range top I got off Craig's List).

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Just go with a bayou classic - like it was said before its really just to hold liquid. Ive been using a 5 gallon thin peice of crap I got at job lot for $20 for years and it makes great beer

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You can get a 15 gallon Winco brand heavy duty aluminum kettle from amazon shipped to your door for under a hundred bucks with a lid. I have a 15 and a 20 gallon and have had no issues with them. You just boil water in them for 30 minutes before your first brew to form an oxide layer and then you make beer. Aluminum is also much easier to drill than stainless. I used a 7/8 wood drill bit on mine.

On the other hand, stainless if shiny and pretty and I would probably own stainless if I could afford it.

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In my opinion the Megapots are not the best suited for brewing. The tri-bottom is a great marketing pitch but in reality it is not needed. I would recommend our kettle, a Bayou Classic or a Blichmann over a tri-bottom. They are more expensive, heavier and actually slow down heating times. Just my .02
I just checked out the site and they look like great kettles too. Any advantages of the vertical or horizontal set up?
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I have a polarware brewrite pot and it is super nice and decently priced. http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Brewrite-Kettle-60qt.html

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I use a keg turned into a 15.5 gallon boil kettle. I like it a lot and it only cost me $30. And it's made of stainless steel. Add a weldless valve, a homemade dip tube and a weldless thermometer / sight glass combo from Bobby M (brewhardware.com) and you're in business.

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