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Old 04-02-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
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Default Anyone ever hear of this? Killer prices!!

I'm in the market for another 15 gallon brew kettle. I bought my last one from www.homebrewstuff.com for about $250 after shipping. It's a great kettle. In my most recent search, I found what appears to be the very same kettle for only $183.07 with free shipping. The website is www.farrato.com and I'm wondering if anyone has ever purchased from them? I emailed them and hope to hear back by tomorrow, just as verification.

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:12 AM   #2
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For $6 more bucks http://brewhemoth.com/penrose-kettle

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:05 AM   #3
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Penrose here, you can get it for 170 with coupon code brew2012 at checkout.
I started with a 8 gallon kettle from homebrewstuff, it was a good kettle.

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Old 04-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #4
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The Penrose looks like a decent option, though when I look on the website, I don't see options for multiple ports (for thermometer and sightglass); it also looks like it does not come with a ball valve. Ehh?

Thanks for the info!

*EDIT* Also... looks like no lid... and that coupon code is expired. Hmm...

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Yet another option for anyone who is looking around.

http://spikebrewing.com/collections/all-products/products/15-gallon-home-brew-kettle-1-coupler

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That one looks perfect for me. Anyone familiar with Spike? Also 13 gal aluminum for $45 seems like a steal out of the bargain cave.
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Wow... that place has some killer deals on some very good looking kettles! Thanks so much for the recommendation, I think I founds me the right place

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Wow... that place has some killer deals on some very good looking kettles! Thanks so much for the recommendation, I think I founds me the right place

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Keep in mind these do not have the thick bottom. There is a reason why these are much cheaper. Not knocking them but you cannot compare apple to oranges.
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That one looks perfect for me. Anyone familiar with Spike? Also 13 gal aluminum for $45 seems like a steal out of the bargain cave.
I've heard they are awesome

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Keep in mind these do not have the thick bottom. There is a reason why these are much cheaper. Not knocking them but you cannot compare apple to oranges.
I'm glad you bring up this point. It's a VERY common misconception out there. We're newer into the market so I can't say where it stemmed from but I'd assume a market guy and not an engineering guy (not knocking marketers). We conducted specific testing to research the scorching issue that is everyone is so afraid of when it comes to single layer kettles. The results showed that scorching was not an issue. Our customers have also proved that it's not an issue since we've never had someone come back complaining about scorching. Also the 'holy grail' Blichmann kettles are only single layered.

The tri-bottoms are built with a little thicker side wall than us and Blichmann and obviously the thicker bottom. A 1mm side wall is plenty to hold up durability wise. The extra thickness just adds weight (in my opinion) since most people take great care of their equipment. For almost double the price of our kettles I just don't see them being worth the extra money. We used to (and still kind of do) offer them. But I always tell customers that I personally wouldn't buy a tri-bottom even if money wasn't an issue.

The only advantage of the tri-bottom is they can be used on a glass stove top as they sit perfectly flat and would conduct heat better.
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That one looks perfect for me. Anyone familiar with Spike? Also 13 gal aluminum for $45 seems like a steal out of the bargain cave.
Does that steamer tray fit down inside the kettle to that indention near the bottom or on top?
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