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Old 12-02-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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Default opinions on this kettle please

I still brew in my kitchen on the stove. Its a gas stove and I can do up to about 7.5 gallons no problem. That being said, I am looking to get a new economical kettle. I don't want to spend a lot right now since hopefully when I move I will get a whole brewing system and not be kitchen brewing anymore. I never brew more than 6 gallon batches at a time.

http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/polar-ware-42-qt-economy-pot-w-ss-ball-valve-torpedo-screen-probe-thermometer/



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Old 12-02-2012, 02:11 AM   #2
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Well, IMO, it has a few things you don't need and doesn't have some things that would be of use.

Don't need:
Thermometer
Torpedo screen

Better off having:
3 piece Stainless ball valve (you can take it apart, while still on the kettle to give it a complete cleaning).
Dip tube inside.

If you have some tools (good drill and step bit) you can make your own kettle and save at least a few dollars. You could even use an aluminum pot as the base (get it from a restaurant supply place to save a good amount) and build it in steps. Start off with a ball valve and dip tube. IMO, a dip is FAR more useful than the torpedo screen. You can then add other things as you find you actually could use them. Such as sight tube/glass, thermometer (I don't have them installed on my MLT or BK and don't plan on installing one in my HLT), etc.



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Old 12-02-2012, 02:45 AM   #3
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+1 to what Golddiggie said, I started with an aluminum pot before I built my keggle, I have a dip tube in it and am glad I do, no tipping or leaning the pot to get out what I need. I have a sight glass with a thermometer from Brew Hardware and love it, it is a really nice piece. All of what I put on my keggle you can put on a 10 gallon aluminum pot.

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:04 AM   #4
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That kettle is 24 or 26 gauge stainless which is very thin. I personally wouldn't recommend that. If you're on a big budget buy aluminum; it's the cheapest option out there. Make sure you build an oxide layer on the aluminum first.

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I definitely would prefer SS. Basically I am looking for a stepping stone kettle. I am hoping to get a kettle screen instead of a FB since I am going with the 10 gallon as opposed to 15 gallon. Can kettle screens be used with Spike Pots? I don't know rules for vendors, so private message me if you aren't allowed to "push" your products in a thread.

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Any standard 1/2" NPT fitting will screen directly into the fitting welded in the kettle. Something like a Bazooka screen is commonly used.

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That polarware kettle is a bit thin, but would probably still be fine. Alternatively, see if this one will fit on your stove. Add a 1/2 plug in the thermometer coupler, a stainless ball valve and a stainless diptube. Finish it off with some silicone tubing and a hose barb so you can drain right into your fermenting vessel.



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