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Old 11-02-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default Spend my money - burner & kettle

(okay so if you ask my wife it is "our" money)
I got the go ahead to buy a burner and kettle, but I have a budget of about 150 bucks. Can anyone point me in the right direction, I am pretty new to this outdoor brewing thing....

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Old 11-02-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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(okay so if you ask my wife it is "our" money)
I got the go ahead to buy a burner and kettle, but I have a budget of about 150 bucks. Can anyone point me in the right direction, I am pretty new to this outdoor brewing thing....
What size batch will you brew? We can't recommend a kettle without knowing what size you need.
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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Good point I would like to do a 5 gallon full boil batch, I currently do partials now on my stove top.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:06 PM   #4
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Bayou Classic makes a couple of great burners, the SQ10 and SQ14. The SQ10 has a higher BTU rating and is about $10 cheaper, but it's a three-legged model and looks a little unstable to be boiling 5+ gallons. The SQ14 is four-legged and has plenty of BTUs to get 8 gallons to a rolling boil in about 20 minutes. At Amazon, the SQ14 is $49, the SQ10 is $39.

With your budget, you can afford a steel kettle (and still have $ for a batch). Many say aluminum is fine, which it probably is, but if you can afford steel, why take any chances? For 5g boils, you'l want a kettle of about 8g to account for boil-off. I use a 9g and it works fine, especially with Fermcap. Watch the pot at initial boil and hop additions, though - the wort climbs to the top very quickly. Keep one hand on the gas regulator or you can boilover easily.

Happy shopping, and tell us what you decide to get.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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Brew Pot:
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BREWE...8224d61c5f1930

Burner:
http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...4761913&sr=1-2

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:27 PM   #6
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Wow, great thanks for the info. I was just going to post that I was interested in the sq14 or the 1114 which is more than 2 times the cost. So I think I am going to go with the SQ14, Any specifics on a pot? I am so happy if I can pick out a pot I will order this today!

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:38 PM   #7
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Looks like a nice pot, I guess I need that size to do a full boil cause I need to add that much water to start?
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:43 PM   #8
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You dont "have" to have that large of a pot, but trust me bigger is better. Then you dont have to worry about boil overs as much.

Fermcaps are on the market and a lot of people use those drops if they are using a smaller pot because it prevents boil-overs. I personally have never used it so i cannot vouch for it.

For the price its looks like a good pot and i have been looking into getting one to use as a HLT. Maybe someone can give their opinion on the pot.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #9
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I'll second that SQ-14...damn good burner and will be able to handle up to 20 gallons of liquid. That leaves about $100 for the kettle. If it were me, I'd grab a Sanke keg for $35 or so and add a ball valve to it for another $25. That's a 15.5 gallon "keggle" for under $100, and you'll be able to use it for years even if you go up to brewing 10 gallon batches.

On the other hand, if you want a more standard kettle Austin Homebrew has a pretty cheap 10 gallon for just $70.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=2321

You'll probably want to add a ball valve to make racking to the carboy easier, and that is another $25 for a weldless setup from BargainFittings.com.
http://www.greatbargain.net/order/shop.html

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:46 PM   #10
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I recommend a Keg and a Bayou Burner. This depends on DIY level/willingness.

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