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Old 09-01-2011, 01:57 AM   #1
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Hi! I want to get a brew pot. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-01-2011, 02:08 AM   #2
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You can get a 5-gal stoneware enameled pot from Wally World for about $25. It's what I've been using since I started, and I'm probably going to get a 2nd soon.

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Old 09-01-2011, 02:12 AM   #3
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If I had to do it all over again, I'd get a keg (through legal channels) and get the top cut off of it. I blew 80 bucks on a 6 gallon SS pot, and it's pretty useless. My 15.5 gallon keggle is awesome and I love it.

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Old 09-01-2011, 02:13 AM   #4
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Hi! I want to get a brew pot. Any suggestions?
Whats your ultimate plan? Extract, All Grain? think ahead, save money
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:19 AM   #5
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I've read that iron clad pots are the way to go. I've seen pots with gauges that are close to $300!!! Very confusing.

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You can get a 5-gal stoneware enameled pot from Wally World for about $25. It's what I've been using since I started, and I'm probably going to get a 2nd soon.
I wouldn't buy one but I used the MILs pot like this for the first couple. I gotta say tho for reals, even if you do extract, full boil is the way to go. I am on a 7.5 gal turkey fryer atmo. Not the greatest but it's better than a par boil.
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I've read that iron clad pots are the way to go. I've seen pots with gauges that are close to $300!!! Very confusing.
I think the pot that works for you is the way to go. Get one that you can expand on. If you want to do all grain, your going to need a large pot. Personally, I got a 7.5 gallon pot and I am happy with it. 300 dollar pot? not to confusing, no way for me at least until maybe I actually need it. Find a pot that will last and that you can afford and go make some great beer.
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I wouldn't buy one but I used the MILs pot like this for the first couple. I gotta say tho for reals, even if you do extract, full boil is the way to go. I am on a 7.5 gal turkey fryer atmo. Not the greatest but it's better than a par boil.
this is what I did, I got a pot, and an outdoor burner for 50.00. perfect.
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I personally don't see any reason to go full boil on extract or partial... (Or AG but that's another discussion).

But i suppose if you have the coin and the room to buy and make use of a larger pot, you might as well!

Whatchu got against stoneware, huh?

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I read that you have to be careful with the enameled pots. If there is a chip to the metal bad things will happen. I am using a 20 qt aluminum stock pot bought at the grocery store. I saw them at my local store a couple days ago on sale for $19.95. This reminds me I have ordered 2 partial mash kits and need a pot for sparge water. Guess I'll go get one to tide me over until I get a bigger pot for full grain.

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