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Old 07-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default Should I pimp my kettle?

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?

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Old 07-15-2014, 09:11 PM   #2
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Yes. Totally.

Should you use the words "pimp my kettle" again? No.

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Old 07-15-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
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Yes, a valve / dip tube combo is very much worth it.

I'd also recommend a sight glass / thermometer combo. Brewhardware.com sells them.

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If you whirlpool after cooling you should be able to keep most the crud out of your fermenter without a hop spider/bazooka screen although using one would be even better.

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I don't really want to have to buy a pump just yet. Whirpooling isn't something I'm super ready to try

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You can whirlpool with a spoon pretty well.

+1 on the valve especially in a 15gal pot.
+1 on sight glass - very handy
thermometer is also nice if you are chilling with immersion chiller or get really antsy waiting for the boil.

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