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Old 12-19-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with this guy's kettles?


I've got an 11gal Bayou Classic (1044) and am looking to upgrade to a 15 gal kettle. It appears that the steel may be thicker on the eBay model, but I'd like to hear feed back from some of you who have ordered these.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/60-QT-Quart-...80530609849%26

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Old 12-19-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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Yup. I have the exact same kettle. I've only used it about 5-6 times but its a decent kettle for the price. I also have the same 11 gallon Bayou Classic as you too!

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I noticed that these cheaper no-name brands don't seem to have tri-clad bottoms (aluminum sandwiched between 2 SS layers).

Have you noticed any difference or burning with your brews on the 15 gal?

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I noticed that these cheaper no-name brands don't seem to have tri-clad bottoms (aluminum sandwiched between 2 SS layers).

Have you noticed any difference or burning with your brews on the 15 gal?
Does the bayou classic have a tri-clad bottom? I haven't noticed any difference at all between them. I have them setup almost the exact same way and am very happy with both of them.
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I am looking at the 20 gallon version of these pots, so far they seem fine but I would love to hear more info on them.

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I am looking at the 20 gallon version of these pots, so far they seem fine but I would love to hear more info on them.
My interest waned after I discovered dual NPT-port welded models going for maybe 30 bucks more than the non-ported ones, from moreBeer.

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My interest waned after I discovered dual NPT-port welded models going for maybe 30 bucks more than the non-ported ones, from moreBeer.

Must....resist....kettles.
Couldn't find any 20 gallons on their site. I wanted a 20 so I could easily biab 10 gallon batches, even big one. I bet a 15 would work but I would hate to get a 15 and realize I am right at the top while full volume mashing.
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Not to thread jack, but I was in the same predicament as you. After seeing a post by Jimmy_B related to a modified 2-vessel approach to BIAB, I decided to go with a 15g SS Bayou Classic with steamer basket from Ama$on and a 100qt cooler from Walmart.

I haven't tried it yet, but I think it will give me the flexibility to do both 5g and 10g BIAB batches while reducing my equipment costs. FWIW.


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Couldn't find any 20 gallons on their site. I wanted a 20 so I could easily biab 10 gallon batches, even big one. I bet a 15 would work but I would hate to get a 15 and realize I am right at the top while full volume mashing.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #9
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I have two of the 15 gallon versions. One is a MLT, one is a boil kettle. They work just fine. They are sturdier than the price would lead you to believe. I paid $130 shipped for one, and $100 shipped for the either. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Personally I feel that tri-clad bottoms aren't needed in a homebrew kettle. You won't see any more noticeable kettle carmelization. If Blichmann doesn't sell tri-clad kettles, I probably don't need one.

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I have two of the 15 gallon versions. One is a MLT, one is a boil kettle. They work just fine. They are sturdier than the price would lead you to believe. I paid $130 shipped for one, and $100 shipped for the either. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Personally I feel that tri-clad bottoms aren't needed in a homebrew kettle. You won't see any more noticeable kettle carmelization. If Blichmann doesn't sell tri-clad kettles, I probably don't need one.
Yeah, and I kinda just realized that I need to upgrade my burner, as my 11gal Bayou fits my burner's "tabs" just perfectly. I'll probably snag an Adventures with Homebrewing burner and a 15gal double NPT ported SS kettle, and add on 3piece valve and sightglass-temp combo.


Crap.....what have I done? I'm reserving money I don't have yet.
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