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Old 01-15-2013, 04:31 PM   #11
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People seem to say that if I don't get the nicest pot I can afford I will regret it.

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:45 PM   #12
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IMHO......I think using a keggle is the way to go. Spending all that money on a pot seams better spent on a pump, fermentation control, a grain mill and such. If money is not the issue than I am sure you wont regret it. A polished keg is a beautiful thiing.

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:07 PM   #13
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I'm working up to buy the local Budwiser plant. I figure go big or go home.



I've started with a basic pot from William Sonoma with a spigot on it. I'd put my money on carboys (plastic or glass) to ferment in as opposed to a kettle.....

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:25 PM   #14
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So pretty much no one agrees. I guess I'll just do whatever I feel like doing.

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:34 PM   #15
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My 2 cents? Start buy buying this book: http://www.walmart.com/ip/2191155?ad...l5=pla&veh=sem

Most people here will agree it is a great read. It was my number one resource during my extract years and its a fun read to boot.

Second, if you are unsure of how big of a pot you need and money is an issue, then go with (man I hope I don't get torched for this) a 10 gal aluminum. I got mine for ~$50 and was able to add valves and a boil screen easily (I am in no way handy, so this is a testament to how easy it is).

I learned two things quickly, I love making beer, and because of that, I wanted to go all grain. well guess what- I was only a cheap rubbermaid setup from that. Now that I have traded in my monopoly money lifelstyle for a real one, I was able to manage a [modest] kettle upgrade to on 15 gal ss pot (I am using another 8 gal SS pot that was a gift from my parents with plans to upgrade soon.) But the first 5 years of brewing, both extract and AG, were done with super cost-efficient aluminum.

My point is, while I would love 3 20 gal blichmanns, I feel the money can be better used elsewhere because a 15 gal SS concord pot with self installed weldless fittings, works shockingly well

set your budget, plan for 3-5 years from now and make your plans accordingly. If you can afford a big SS guy now, I'd go for it, but I know that lots of us can't/couldn't. Best of luck to you sir, and welcome to the addiction.

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Welcome to the addiction indeed!

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:29 PM   #17
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So pretty much no one agrees. I guess I'll just do whatever I feel like doing.
Do you have friends that like to drink craft beers? A big part of this hobby is sharing what you brew. My friend and I started out with a five gallon setup, but we realized that splitting five gallons between the two of us was just too small, so we went to a 10 gallon setup, and while that's enough beer for the both of us, we like to give out sixers to people, so now we're working on a 15 gallon setup.

Blichmann stuff is very nice, and would probably be the way to go if you're not a DIY type of person. But if you are a DIY type, then there's quite a few other options that will save you some cash. Keggles are great for up to 10 gallon batches, and since you work with distributors, you can probably get your hands on some decommissioned sanke kegs for pretty cheap.
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So pretty much no one agrees. I guess I'll just do whatever I feel like doing.
I think everyone agrees to buy something you won't outgrow in a year or two. It's up to you how much you want to spend.

I started off with an 8 gallon pot doing 5 gallon batches, now I have 30 gallon pots doing 25 gallon batches. It took me 19 years to get where I'm at so I would not buy 30 gallon pots right off the bat....
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Here is a starter kit crowdcut deal for Midwest Supplies, good deal! http://www.crowdcut.com/minneapolis-...plies/10007727

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if you can afford the blichmann and all of the other gear then you won't regret any of it. if you later decide to go to a bigger kettle or even keggles your old blichmann kettles will sell, fast.

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