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Old 12-24-2008, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default Polarware or Megapot?

I've read comparisons on these kettles, read up on other sites, but I would like to get some opinions from the good people here (hopefully from some people who own them).

I'm trying to decide between:

NORTHERN BREWER: Brew Kettles

Megapot

This line of stainless steel stock pots combine great quality and remarkable value. Unlike the inexpensive Italian Kettles made from welded sheet metal, these kettles are totally seamless. The wall thickness and overall mass of the kettles is significantly higher. The bottom of the kettle has three layers -- an aluminum layer is sandwiched between two stainless steel layers for superior heat dissipation. The bottom of the kettles are 5 mm thick, five times the thickness of the Italian Kettles. All of these pots come with a heavy-duty stainless steel lid, and hollow handles. These kettles will last a lifetime.

10 Gallon MegaPot (No Spigot.) This pot has a capcity of 40 quarts, or 10 gallons. It is 13" tall and 17" in diameter. Wall thickness is 1.0 mm.

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Polarware

10 Gallon Stainless Kettle. (No spigot.) This heavy-duty, 18-8 stainless steel kettle will last a lifetime. It has a capacity of 10 gallons, which is suitable to vigorously boil over 8 gallons of wort. Perfect for all-grain brewers and extract brewers who want to boil full-wort volumes. A full wort boil is especially important when brewing lighter beer styles, as it prevents wort carmelization. Contains a matching lid. 16" tall, 15" diameter.

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Old 12-24-2008, 05:22 AM   #2
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You won't go wrong with either. I have an 8 gallon Megapot and it is very sturdy. I had the lid notched at B3 so the chiller can sit inside with the lid on when needed. It's very heavy on the bottom and the lid fits real well. Made in China whereas the Polarware is made in USA I think.

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Old 12-24-2008, 05:26 AM   #3
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i have a 15 gallon megapot from NB. Alot cheaper than the polarware IIRC. The megapot is built like a tank...very happy with the investment

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Cool, thanks, I think I'm gonna go with the Megapot.

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I had a 15 gallon Megapot for my boil kettle and was very happy with it also. I now use a 20g Blichmann Boilermaker (15g was too small for 10g batches) for my boil kettle and my 15g Megapot is being used as an electric HLT. The Megapot is very sturdy and well built. I'm sure you'll be more than happy with it.

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I got the 10g mega pot with the diameter of 17" I think you may lose more to evaporation than with a taller pot. For a 5g batch I usually need about 7g or so to start the boil. There maybe other factors involved with the evaporation rate. Overall I really like the pot and i would buy it again.

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I'm not impressed with the Polarware pots at all. The megapots look much better.

If you have the $$ the Blichmann is the way to go. Your grandkids will fight over it.

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When I start doing AG, I'll definitely be buying a Blichmann, but I don't want a sight glass on my boil kettle. I can lift a 10 gallon pot with 5.5 gallons of wort, so no valve either. Maybe I'm just cheap...

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When I start doing AG, I'll definitely be buying a Blichmann, but I don't want a sight glass on my boil kettle. I can lift a 10 gallon pot with 5.5 gallons of wort, so no valve either. Maybe I'm just cheap...
FWIW: lifting 5.5 gallons is one thing....lifting 5.5 boiling gallons is another
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FWIW: lifting 5.5 gallons is one thing....lifting 5.5 boiling gallons is another
It gets old fast lifting all that crap.

Get the valve if it's not too late-- it's worth the money.
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