I saw a really nice SS 8 gal. pot for like $120. However, if you add the options for the thermo and valve, it doubles the cost. Are these really that much helpful that it borders on being required?
Also, if I just get the pot for now, can the thermo and valve be retrofitted in? I suppose I couldn't do that myself but perhaps bring it somewhere...
I'd like to get the larger pot sooner rather than later but doubling the cost for a pot is not likely going to fly with the wife. Actually, it barely flys with me to be honest. I mean I have a thermometer and I don't mind picking up the pot to dump. I just have to be more careful than simply opening a valve. By having to dump, it would seem to me to help aid in aeration before pitching the yeast as well. Then again, that could just be my cheap switch turning on.