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Old 03-05-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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What do you guys think of this pot I found at walmart? Would it be ok to use until i am sure I want to keep brewing?
Here's the info and a link if you want to see the online add.

Made of a carbon steel core the Granite Ware 21 Qt Stock Pot with Lid offers great strength and durability. Porcelain is fused to the steel producing a non-porous, inert glass surface that is naturally non-stick.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Granite-Wa...ndingMethod=rr

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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That's what I have and haven't had problems in 3 batches. I've been curious what the forum people would say though.

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Old 03-06-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
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I think a lot of homebrewers use this type of pot for a kettle. The only issue is if the ceramic chips and exposes the metal beneath (can you say metallic off-flavor)!

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Old 03-06-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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IMO the biggest issue is it's only 22 qt. For a little more money you can get a 10 gallon aluminum at a kitchen supply store. I bought a 10 gallon from Food Service Warehouse for only $43 including shipping (I'd actually recommend > 10 gallons if you are doing full boils, but 10 gallon would surely work). My guess is you'll want to continue brewing, but for $20 more it's still worth the risk IMO.

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Old 03-06-2012, 12:12 AM   #5
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Makes me think, if it were to chip should you just replace it or is there another option?

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Old 03-06-2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/IMUSA-Tama...eamer/13370045
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:19 AM   #7
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+1 for the 32 qt!

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I have this kettle. It's served me well enough through five batches now. It has had a few chips on the bottom. I just scrubbed them until they stopped producing metallic bits (I don't want to think about how many of these little guys made it into my beer). I plan to continue using it, however, but I will be upgrading sooner or later. One thing to consider with this kettle is that the bottom is not flat. I've been brewing on an electric stove with the old-school coils and it doesn't sit flat, so the coils are not directly touching the bottom of the pot, which makes steeping temperatures difficult to maintain. Probably too much information, but it's worth thinking about your stove or burning in relation to the brew kettle's shape.

In other words, I'd say get it if you're looking for something cheap to start with, but you will be upgrading if you stick with it.

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I used one of those for 20 or so batches...worked great

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+1 for the bottom isn't flat. Just purchased one a while back for my first brew and that will be the next thing I will upgrade. I would prob. just spend alittle extra money and get a stainless pot.

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