I am about to make the upgrade to AG, and looking at the brew kettles online, they are all very expensive. Do I really need a $200-300 kettle, or can I just buy a sturdy 10 gallon stock pot?
It seems like the presence of the spigot and/or built-in thermometer really ups the price. I have a good clip-on thermometer, and I don't think I need the spigot. I have an immersion chiller, and I usually strain the chilled wort through a nylon mesh bag to keep the chunky stuff out of the fermentation bucket.
Am I a sucker to pay the big bucks, or will I regret going cheap on my kettle?