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Tarheel4985 02-19-2011 02:07 PM

Source for 30 Gallon Kettles (20 Gallon Batches)
 
I was wondering if anyone had a source for reasonably priced 30-40 gallon kettles. I've seen the ones from Stout tanks and they are nice, but a little out of our price range. I'm sure there are other 20 gallon brewers out there, so what do you guys use?

ScubaSteve 02-19-2011 03:22 PM

Once you go that big, things get $$$ real quick. I assume there's more than one person in your group...you'll probably need to split the cost. Probrewer.com might be a good source for you.

MaltedLiver 02-19-2011 03:56 PM

120 qt pot for $139.00. They have up to 200 qts.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/pr...ariance=120+qt.

superjunior 02-19-2011 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Tarheel4985 (Post 2661488)
I was wondering if anyone had a source for reasonably priced 30-40 gallon kettles. I've seen the ones from Stout tanks and they are nice, but a little out of our price range. I'm sure there are other 20 gallon brewers out there, so what do you guys use?

our group uses the megapots from northernbrewer
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ttles/megapots
they're good quality and reasonably priced. right now we're using a 15 and 25 gallon to do 30 gallon batches. I think they only make up to a 25 gallon though. we're talking about getting another 25 gallon to do 40 gallon batches. much bigger of a pot and I think heating and cooling might be a bit tricky with the equipment we have. I'd like to hear what other guys use for 40+ gallon batches

Tarheel4985 02-19-2011 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by superjunior (Post 2661721)
our group uses the megapots from northernbrewer
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ttles/megapots
they're good quality and reasonably priced. right now we're using a 15 and 25 gallon to do 30 gallon batches. I think they only make up to a 25 gallon though. we're talking about getting another 25 gallon to do 40 gallon batches. much bigger of a pot and I think heating and cooling might be a bit tricky with the equipment we have. I'd like to hear what other guys use for 40+ gallon batches

The 25 gallon is a pretty decent price but for a 20 gallon boil we'd need a 30-40 gallon pot. I guess splitting it up into 2 vessels isn't out of the question, just a little inconvenient.

Tarheel4985 02-19-2011 11:23 PM

Other than being Aluminum, the Sam's Club pots seem like the best deal. 30 gallon pot for $140 is hard to pass up. Does anyone know the diameter of the 120 qt?

On a somewhat related note, for those of you using the Stout tanks, do you use Tri Clamp fittings on all your equipment? One of the biggest hang-ups for me in purchasing the 1BBL Stout tanks is that I'd have to convert all my 1/2" camlocks to Tri Clamps, which would be rather costly on its own. Does anyone who owns the Stout tanks have any experience switching over to Tri Clamps?

superjunior 02-19-2011 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Tarheel4985 (Post 2662444)
The 25 gallon is a pretty decent price but for a 20 gallon boil we'd need a 30-40 gallon pot. I guess splitting it up into 2 vessels isn't out of the question, just a little inconvenient.

it is and I agree. my buddies and I are at the point where we must decide what will be the most cost effective and efficient to do 40 gallon batches. so far using 2 kettles works for us for 30 gallons but 40? still undecided. wish I could offer more but it sounds like we're in the same boat

djcrawfo 03-03-2011 08:25 PM

I am using a commercial Tilt Braising pan. 30 gallons. 104K BTU. Awesome.

http://www.groenbraisingpan.com/groe...sing%20pan.htm

My only problem is that the boiloff is really high. I am boiling off about 4 gallons an hour.

itsme6582 03-04-2011 01:46 AM

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Originally Posted by djcrawfo (Post 2701238)
I am using a commercial Tilt Braising pan. 30 gallons. 104K BTU. Awesome.

http://www.groenbraisingpan.com/groen_braising_pan%20BPP%20series%20gas%20braising %20pan.htm

My only problem is that the boiloff is really high. I am boiling off about 4 gallons an hour.

So did you pay the 25 grand list price or the 11 grand "direct" price?

Tarheel4985 03-04-2011 03:52 PM

I know that many brewers use it without any problems, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy an aluminum pot. We decided just to add a 4th converted keg for the time being and use our old SQ14 burner in addition to the 3-burner stand. So back-to-back batches should work fine for doing 20 gallons total, without too much added time.

It would be great to move up to a 1BBL system down the road but there are so many other considerations that drive the price up (new fittings, new pumps, larger/wider stand, etc.), not to mention the cost of the 1BBL vessels themselves.


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