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Old 12-29-2010, 04:10 AM   #1
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Default Downsides of a Penrose Kettle?

I've been looking to upgrade to a 15 gallon kettle for some time now and was about ready to pony up for a Blichmann or Megapot when I came across this Penrose kettle. Honestly, I think it looks the coolest of the three before price is even factored in. I've read that the guys who sell them will drill a couple holes for me for a thermometer and sight glass, so that's not an issue either (I'm the worst DIYer in the world). I'm just looking to use it for boils as I've got a nice tun already, so slow even heating isn't a priority either.

How easy is it to scorch wort heating it from mash-out temps to boiling with what looks like a thin, stainless steel bottom? Are there any other downsides I'm not aware of? I've just been using a 7.5 gallon pot that came with my Bayou Classic burner.

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Old 12-29-2010, 04:31 AM   #2
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Subscribed, I'm yet to hear a first hand account of the product and was looking at it myself.

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Old 12-29-2010, 04:53 AM   #3
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I have been thinking about getting one of these for myself, but I have several thousand in remodeling expenses to get through first...

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Old 12-29-2010, 09:26 AM   #4
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There's a pic of one down towards the end of the brewhemoth thread. Guy just bought one a couple days ago.

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Old 12-29-2010, 01:21 PM   #5
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I e-mailed 'Penrose' and requested if he could make a kettle without a spigot, he replied quickly, and said 'sure no problem' and gave me another quote. So far, I've liked communicating with him, so I'm encouraged to recommend his work...

I wonder if 16+ gallons is really large enough for double batches. I use a 7.5 gal lauter tun which is maxed out with 16lbs of grain for single batches.

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Old 12-29-2010, 01:24 PM   #6
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16+ is definitely large enough for a 10 gallon batch. I do 13G boils in my 15G keg.

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I wonder if 16+ gallons is really large enough for double batches. I use a 7.5 gal lauter tun which is maxed out with 16lbs of grain for single batches.
By double batches do you mean 10 gallon batches? If so, then the answer is yes, it for sure is big enough, unless you're doing 10 gallon batches of 1.100 beer that requires a 4 hour boil!!!!
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...unless you're doing 10 gallon batches of 1.100 beer that requires a 4 hour boil!!!!
Dat's wat I do...

You have to have a large enough capacity to do RIMS, or lauter your largest grain bill.
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I've got one and I love it so far. Not much of a bling factor, but very functional. It also came in at closer to 17.5 gallons.

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I've got one and I love it so far. Not much of a bling factor, but very functional. It also came in at closer to 17.5 gallons.
nice, pragmatism!
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