Bought my first pot (4 gallon for partial boil extract brews) in college from the local brew place.
My second pot was a nine gallon Bayou Classic stockpot from Amazon. I added weldless fittings from Bargainfittings.com.
My current kettle is a converted keg from kegglebrewing.com. Welded fittings and top-notch hardware on it.
The only concern I have with using the BIG pot to do five gallon batches is the thermometer is right at five gallon level. So whatever size you go for, think about hardware placement really well, so you can do smaller batches in it.
- Brewin' and 'Quein' since last Tuesday.Bottling the Belgian: A Photo Odyssey
Beer is the mind-killer. Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my beer. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. When the beer has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.