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Old 01-30-2009, 04:01 AM   #1
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Default Cheap Brew Kettles!

I was at Sam's Club tonight getting some apple juice for...wait for it...Apfelwein!

Anyway, I saw a nice display of huge aluminum stock pots that caught my eye. They have a strainer basket and lid included.



These pots are "seasonal items" so your mileage may vary on availability.

They are not super heavy duty, but for the price maybe worth a shot.

60 qt $59.36
80 qt $79.42
100 qt $99.88
160 qt $167.23

I have been looking for another brew kettle to reduce the boilover possibility for 5-gal batches and to do an occasional 10-gal batch.

Would a 60 qt/15 gal pot be big enough, and do you guys think this is a good deal? Or should I just wait and spend the extra cash for a stainless pot?

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Old 01-30-2009, 05:13 AM   #2
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60 qt for 60 bucks...i say pull the triigger / good value. 60 qt will do 10 gal batches. I do like that 160 qt model in the photo!

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Old 01-30-2009, 09:01 AM   #3
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Every time I see these prices I can't help thinking Keggle.

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Old 01-30-2009, 09:09 AM   #4
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Every time I see these prices I can't help thinking Keggle.
exactly.....

Good find, but for that type of cash you can take a keg to a welder and get an 12 gall batch keggle with thermometer and sight glass installed.
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That's true....but there's some merit to that strainer basket! Line that with screen, throw your hops right in, and just yank it out at the end!

That beats any hopstopper, mesh bag, etc. that you can find!

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exactly.....

Good find, but for that type of cash you can take a keg to a welder and get an 12 gall batch keggle with thermometer and sight glass installed.
I think that'd cost quite a bit more. A welder would charge you $50 on the low side to do the cutting and welding. You'd have to buy the couplers. A thermometer is $35, and so is a sight glass.

The 60 qt (~same size as keg) is 60 bucks. I guess it depends on how much you pay for the keg
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I would like to do a keggle, but craig's list around my area is like a deserted island for anything beer-related. I have seen a few kegs on ebay, but they aren't cheap. This would be an interim solution for me until I can score a keg one day.

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Well, the difference is the keg would have a spigot and the pot wouldn't. You could just cut the top out yourself and not put a spigot in. Then the two have the same features, 15 gallon pots, expect the keg is stainless. Keggle is the way to go .

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I think if you HAVE a keg, or can legaly obtain one from a scrap dealer, or craigs list then go for it. I couldn't find one so I went with a 60 gallon AL pot from waresdirect.

If I HAD a keg, I would certainly have been able to cut the top and use as a boil kettle. But I didn't. So I got this monster boil kettle. it's 6mm thick and I think it's going to crush my turkey fryer with 13 gallons of wort in it. If the pots at Sams don't crush when you look at them funny, then it's a great deal. Especially since they have a strainer and lid. Mine didn't.

Some of us are good lookin, and some of us are able to obtain kegs cheaply.

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Agreed.

It's not always easy to source legit kegs but I'm just making the point that it's worth to be worth considering trying

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