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Old 03-06-2007, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Brew pot blues...

Well I have been saving for a bigger better pot. Still not enough to buy one yet, nor have I decided what to get. Unfortunately I just discovered my enamaled 15 quart pot is chipped on the inside near the top.

I do not want to waste my money on a temporary cheapy pot and I am pretty far off from having enough for the pot i want. I would like to get a pot that will last "forever", realizing that is not a reality in homebrewing (always something bigger better...)

I really do not want to stop brewing until I can afford my new pot.

Any ideas?


I have just started doing pm brewing and think I will stick with that for a long while before ag. I guess I would like to do full boils at some point but that won't happen as soon as I get a new pot. I will have to get a chiller and I suppose a propane burner eventually to do that. But I would like a pot that will enable that in the future while still being of use now on my propane gas stovetop. I only have maybe 30 bucks saved at the moment.

So, "boils down to"...

1. What do I do in the mean time?
2. What should I be saving for specifically?

Any ideas much appreciated.

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Old 03-06-2007, 07:05 PM   #2
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16 Qt pots are pretty cheap. I have a very heavy restaurant-type 16 qt aluminum stock pot that I bought at a thrift store for a couple buck--you might check places like that.

(Or consider buying a cheapie new one at Walmart or the like.)

Especially if you go the thrift store route, you'll have so little invested in it that replacing it will be no big deal. They're great for doing double batches of soup for parties or church potlucks or whatever anyway.

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Old 03-06-2007, 07:18 PM   #3
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Check this thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=23938

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Default Love thrift stores...

Only where I live now there are only two and they have mostly clothes. I have been looking there but it can be a long time before you find what you are looking for. I keep hoping... Wish it were garage sale season. That won't be for another 4 months.

I did see that thread. Those look pretty rough and I am wondering how long they would last in the long term. Plus it does not mention the quality. $60 bucks for 10 gallon ss is a deal, but is it really with the condition they are in? Also, can I use a 10 gallon on my stovetop?

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I did see that thread. Those look pretty rough and I am wondering how long they would last in the long term. Plus it does not mention the quality. $60 bucks for 10 gallon ss is a deal, but is it really with the condition they are in? Also, can I use a 10 gallon on my stovetop?
Probably not.

I think you can get 16 QT SS pot at Walmart for $30 or less, FWIW.
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Lots of folks advise against using aluminum pots for brewing. I've never tried, so maybe those of you who have can comment. But if you can find a cheap stainless steel pot, you'd be much better off.

Here's a 16 qt. s.s. stockpot from overstock.com for $47 + $3 shipping: http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2....ROD_ID=1938475

Here's one from Amazon.com for $32 + shipping: http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Mktg-Sta...3213301&sr=8-1

Don't know what your budget is, but if you have $40 or $50, I'd definitely look into a s.s. pot over an aluminum.

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I bought my 22 qt pot at Wal-mart not that long ago for $34. It's a pretty good pot that has a tri-layer bottom. I've been very happy with it.

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Lots of folks advise against using aluminum pots for brewing. I've never tried, so maybe those of you who have can comment. But if you can find a cheap stainless steel pot, you'd be much better off.

Here's a 16 qt. s.s. stockpot from overstock.com for $47 + $3 shipping: http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2....ROD_ID=1938475

Here's one from Amazon.com for $32 + shipping: http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Mktg-Sta...3213301&sr=8-1

Don't know what your budget is, but if you have $40 or $50, I'd definitely look into a s.s. pot over an aluminum.
My understanding is that he wants to buy a "will last forever, pretty-much just for brewing" pot, but isn't quite ready and needs something to make do with in the meantime. No sense spending $50 on a stopgap measure, IMHO. I'd still advocate finding a cheapie used 16 Qt, or maybe even buying another enameled pot (again, they're perfectly good for soup, etc once they're no longer needed for brewing.)

Yes, there are some advantages to stainless. But there's certainly no reason aluminum can't be used, especially if we're talking about a short-term solution.
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So, "boils down to"...

1. What do I do in the mean time?
2. What should I be saving for specifically?

Any ideas much appreciated.
1. self converted keggal
2. see #1

you really cant go wrong with it. Take your $30 get a turkey fryer and move out to the garage or patio . . . BTW you get a pretty nice kettel you can still use inside with the fryer as well until you get your keggal
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Lots of folks advise against using aluminum pots for brewing. ...
That topic has cropped up here on HBT before and it's absolute baloney! I've used aluminum pots for 10+ years now. Cheaper than S/S and it works fine.

Note that John Palmer is a metalurgical engineer by profession. In his book and numerous times in interviews he's talked about aluminum. He says aluminum is fine with one qualifier: it needs to build up a slight oxide layer to be immune from affecting beer flavor. This can be accomplished by boiling water in it a couple of times.
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