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Old 12-21-2012, 04:15 PM   #11
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That's pretty good but keep in mind you cannot boil wort with a lid on and wort is a lot denser than water so what worked with water may not necessarily work with wort. Besides, for a full boil you will be using at least 6-6.5 gallons of water to account for boil off on a 5 gallon batch, BTW, nice stove
Ah. Right. I think I'd be able to maintain a 5 gal rolling boil without lid and with extractor hood running. Maybe not with 6 or 6.5 gal. I'd rather not buy the pot just to find out it's not possible.

Thanks on the stove. My wife's not as happy with it. She wanted this $1600 model, but we ended up snagging this $900 model for about $670 on the pre-Black Friday sale.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:17 PM   #12
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I have this kettle, and it's great:

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...less+steel+pot

It doesn't come with the valve, but you can add it if you can weld.

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Old 12-21-2012, 04:21 PM   #13
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I have this kettle, and it's great:

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...less+steel+pot

It doesn't come with the valve, but you can add it if you can weld.
That's a very nice pot. Would make a fairly nice kettle. Not nearly as fat as the Mega Pots over at NB are.

Only problem with big pots is that I have to hang them off the edge of the stove, where they're less stable and don't sit under the extractor hood. With my 5 gallon (12" dia), I'm already slightly off center on the front burner. Why don't stove manufacturers put the biggest burner in the back?! Ugh.
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Are you totally against brewing outside? It's awesome! Even here in Michigan where it drops into the 20's regularly. Any day with sun and 30+ with little wind... is a brew day!

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is...sprefix=60+qt+

I'm looking at these as a possibility to go 10 gal full boils.
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Are you totally against brewing outside? It's awesome! Even here in Michigan where it drops into the 20's regularly. Any day with sun and 30+ with little wind... is a brew day!
Only because I thought keeping bugs and germs out would be difficult. Seems much more common than I thought, so it must not be a huge deal.

Living in the central valley of Northern California, so... a cold day for us is when we wake up with light frost on the windshield. The grass never gets "crunchy", as it were. An average day is high 52F, low 38F in the winter; high 92, low 58 ion the summer; 58 days of rain a year. Brewing outside would almost never be in unbearable weather.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:32 PM   #17
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15 gallon well made aluminum kettle w/strong rivets & durable handles

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Dont think of it as being kicked out of the kitchen. Think of it as being given the entire outdoors!

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Following up, I picked up my new Keggle last night. Haven't gotten any good daytime pictures yet. Sorry.





Will certainly polish this one up when I get the chance. Ordering the fittings from Bobby tonight.

Only disappointed in that I didn't recognize the brewery name stamped on the keg. Figured I'd get a big name brewery keg. Googled a few hours after picking it up, and discovered that the keg is from a local micro. I can only hope he bought it lawfully.

Also, my Bayou Classic SQ-14 arrived, and I picked up my new propane tank for $44 filled.

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Good deal..ill just throw out there anyways for others that may read this that Adventures in Homebrewing still has one of the best deals for a ported pot to do 5 gallon batches...

9 gallon single port pot for 70 before shipping
http://www.homebrewing.org/One-Weld-...ot_p_1683.html

I got the ball valve and bazooka tube & 3/8 barb from Bargainfittings for cheaper than AIHB. Picked up a tiny fully threaded nipple from the HBS because i wasnt thinking and assumed it came like the picture, but it states its a female weld...
Total cost was probably about 100 after shipping and everything.

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