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Old 08-05-2010, 02:41 AM   #1
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Default To buy or not to buy.....brew kettle

Somebody please talk me into buying this brew kettle or against buying this brew kettle. I am on a budget and the price seems right. Just looking for some input as I will be doing 5 gallon batches. Thanks in advance.

http://www.amazon.com/30qt-Polarware...0975746&sr=8-1

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:47 AM   #2
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Looks good, and should last you a lifetime. Something to consider - there is a guy on Craigslist that is selling keggles for that same pricepoint.

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/for/1814650059.html

I think he ships all over...

EDIT: I just saw the ad posted by another user - I have no vested interest in his business.

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:51 AM   #3
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I actually would recommend you going to a store where they specifically sell kitchen products or used kitchen products. I myself went to one in winchester, va.. it was about a hour away but worth the drive. I spent 160 on a kettle that was the highest quality stainless steal(brand new), very thick for absorbing the heat on every part of the kettle. But the kettle you are looking at is pretty nice but maybe you could go just a little bigger, but that is based on your own opinion since you wont really boil over with 7.5 gallons..

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Old 08-05-2010, 04:06 AM   #4
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That kettle is from this site:

http://www.homebrewstuff.com/servlet/StoreFront

It looks like a fair deal to me, but I would get a 10 gallon kettle if I were you. Strangely, I don't see a 10 gallon kettle listed on that site. Polarware kettles are first class IMO. I have a 10 gallon one with a false bottom and I'm more than satisfied with it. I plan to buy a 15 gallon version soon.

Here's a nice 10 gallon kettle for about the same price: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/heavy...-40-quart.html

It doesn't come with a valve or thermometer, but you can add those later if desired. IMO, a valve is a necessity, but not the thermometer.

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Old 08-05-2010, 04:35 AM   #5
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I was looking at that myself some time ago. Seems a good deal, although the fittings are brass and not stainless steel.

A 10 gallon Polar Ware is going to cost you double that. I have a 10 gallon with all the bells and whistles and love it!

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:49 PM   #6
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Go bigger. At least a 10 gallon kettle. At some point you may want to do full boils or 5 gallon AG batches, if you're not already doing them, and the 7.5 gallon pot will be somewhat inadequate. I say that because I've had boil overs with a 10 gallon pot on my 5 gallon AG batches.

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:56 PM   #7
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I have 3 of the 10 gallon on my rig and they are great. I would recommend that you consider the 10 g pot. I brewed extracts in a 7.5 before I went AG and boil overs were common.

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Old 08-05-2010, 03:01 PM   #8
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Go bigger. At least a 10 gallon kettle.
That. If you're going to spend the money on a nice SS kettle, do it once.

I did my first AG in a 7 gallon (28 quart) kettle, and even with FermcapS preventing a real foam boil-over, it was still very easy for a robust boil to splash hot wort out of the pot and foul my burner. Which was very unpleasant.

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Old 08-05-2010, 03:11 PM   #9
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Here's a 60 Qt. SS Pot for $132 !!

http://www.efoodserviceshopping.com/...roductId=13057
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You could always go with a aluminum stock pot.

Instawares.com

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40qt $37.63
60qt $61.32

You could add weldless site glass and ball valve and still be under the Stainless steel kettle price.

I have the 40qt, now wishing I bought the 60qt.

Chris

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