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Old 12-26-2011, 03:39 PM   #41
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Nice, thanks for the info. Waresdirect does have some great prices on pots. My current BK is a 20 gallon aluminum, 6mm that I bought with lid and shipping for about 100 bucks.

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Old 12-26-2011, 04:19 PM   #42
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I think I found a better pot. What do you guys think about this one?

Update International 60 Qt. Stainless Steel Pot with Sandwich Bottom (cover included) - UPI-SPS-60 - SPS-60 at Wares Direct

It's thicker and has a sandwich bottom. It doesn't have any ports, but weldless are easy enough to throw in there. Any good on this one?
That's a great price. If you have the means to drill the holes and are fine with weldless you'll have a nice kettle!
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:35 PM   #43
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MoreBeer, MegaPot and BrewSteel use Update International pots.
BrewSteel price does not use weldless. We use a combination of tig welded and swaged/soldered.

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Old 12-26-2011, 05:20 PM   #44
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Wow, is that the same pot?

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Same pot

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Old 12-26-2011, 06:19 PM   #46
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Man, waresdirect is a super deal then. Looks like my system is getting a slight overhaul. Now all I need is a pump. I'm sick of lifting all that water on brewday.

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We have March pumps also

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Old 12-30-2011, 01:28 AM   #48
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So, how important is it to have a ball valve when doing 5 gallon batches? Too many choices!
There's a 42qt stainless polarware economy kettle for $87.95 with free shipping. If I need the valve, I'm better off going with spike's deal as I could get a 10 gal with a ball valve to my house for $115.

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For me, a ball valve was never necessary for 5 gallons. It all depends if you're confortable (or able) lifting all that liquid and dumping it into your fermenter. It depends on your setup and how you have things plumbed. If you're just going with a straight BK, no FB, then dumping, or siphoning should be all you need to do.

I do anywhere from 10 to 17 gallon batches, so a ball valve is nice to have. I could of course siphon, but that's a PITA.

You also have to take into consideration what you're getting for your money. For me, the waresdirect pot seems like a well built kettle for our purposes. That's not to say that spikes is not, but a thicker, sandwich bottom kettle for around the same price just seems to make more sense FOR ME. The welded ports on Spikes are definitely a nice touch though, and It's something I'm giving up by having weldless fittings, but for me, weldless is fine, so the WD kettle makes more sense for me.

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I have a cheapie Proctor-Silex 30 qt. SS pot that can't be more than 1 mm thick, and it's quite serviceable. And it's no thicker on the bottom (which has acquired some dings in 4 years), and doesn't scorch anything with boils over my Bayou Classic SP-10.

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