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Old 12-26-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
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So, i have a question for those out there. I have been authorized to purchase a pot for my brewing to go with the 210k btu burner i received for xmas.

Now, i was planning on getting the economy stainless pot from austin home brew but while shopping at a local restaurant supply place today i noticed they had a similar sized heavy duty aluminum pot.

I was wondering if anyone had used the economy pots from AHBS and if it was quality. Second, would it be better to get a heavy duty (~4mm thick walled) aluminum pot or a lesser grade stainless pot.

I personally don't have a problem with aluminum, so i don't want it to be a pro/con of AL pots thread. I just want

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Old 12-26-2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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I can't speak for the AHS pot specifically, but I've used a few "economy" or "budget" stainless pots, and I prefer my nice alu turkey fryer pot to all of them.

Get the sturdiest pot you can, if you like the one from the local store get it.

There is no downside to aluminum pots if they're made well, I love mine.

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Old 12-26-2008, 09:31 PM   #3
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I was also considering the aluminum route. Try listening to the "Brew Strong" metals episode. Great reference for the proper cleaners etc if you're going to use aluminum.

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Old 12-26-2008, 09:46 PM   #4
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I'm not really shure why so many people buy these large expensive cook pots when there are sanke kegs around that are easley converted. They are S/S and you would have to run them over with a truck to destroy them. Check out my pics I got these 3 kegs for $15.00ea

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any sources for these kegs? I looked at kegs.com but only found ones that were $100 more expensive than the pots i'm looking at. I did a search but nothing jumped out as being what i'd need.

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:29 PM   #6
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Check local scrap yards, and watch Craigslist if there's one in your area. Also, I don't know about your area, but here at least some places have time limits on when you can return kegs and get your deposit back so sometimes liquor stores will sell the non-returnable ones (expiring deposits make NO sense to me, BTW)

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Austin Homebrew sells those economy pots on ebay - one sold on the 26th in the $45 range. I bought a 35 qt heavy duty ss pot from the seller listed below for $60 shipped and I'm happy with it. There wasn't one bad review from anyone who bought the same one. If you can get by with a 8.75 gallon pot check it out...

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Old 12-27-2008, 02:40 PM   #8
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Check local scrap yards, and watch Craigslist if there's one in your area. Also, I don't know about your area, but here at least some places have time limits on when you can return kegs and get your deposit back so sometimes liquor stores will sell the non-returnable ones (expiring deposits make NO sense to me, BTW)
Here in this part of the world I haven't had much luck finding one. I check Craigslist daily.

I called a local scrap yard and they told me that they wont even buy them for scrap anymore because the "brewery" sent them a S & D Letter claiming that all kegs with their name stamped on them were to be considered stolen property.

My brother, who used to work for a local AB distributor, said that he heard that they are starting to add some type of GPS chip to them. I doubt it. But who knows?
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My brother, who used to work for a local AB distributor, said that he heard that they are starting to add some type of GPS chip to them. I doubt it. But who knows?
They are most likely going to use RFID tags on the beer kegs. Kind of like an electronic serial number that can be scanned.

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Old 12-27-2008, 06:06 PM   #10
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I was thinking of this item from ebay after looking around for a bit. It's bigger than i need (for now) and a bit more expensive, but i was thinking i'd have to spend in the ~$70-$80 range anyway. It should do.

I'd certainly wouldn't rule out a keggle, but i can't find any kegs to convert easily and i don't know if i'd have the skill, tools and time to convert one anyway.

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