I picked up a 12 gallon aluminum kettle on Craigslist for $15 . Cleaned it and re conditioned it and I love it! Heats and cools very quickly compared to my stainless 8 gallon.
Now, I'm trying to remove hassle on my brew day. I hate siphoning the chilled wort in to the fermenter. Takes forever and I just find it annoying.
So I'm thinking about adding a stainless ball valve weld less type . However ill likely have to buy another gadget to strain the hops . The valve will save me time and convenience but it seems id have to buy one of those stainless hop strainers "hop spider" . The bazooka screen doesn't seem like it works as well.
Is the cost worth time and convenience?