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Old 07-23-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default New kettle for AG

So far here is the way I am leaning:

Winware 40 QT professional Aluminum stock pot. $48 shipped
T325B brewer's hardware 2.5" probe thermo w/ weldless $32
Brewer's hardware weldless sight glass elbow $ 27
Brewer's Hardware two piece ball valve SS $13
Brewer's hardware SS weldless bulkhead $12

Total $132

EDIT: the above except with the kettle kit from BH which includes the 3 piece valve and elbow, as well as the sightglass kit and the thermometer for $92. Making the total around $140.

Any thoughts??

I'm pretty open to everything.

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Sounds great. Don't forget about conditioning and retaining the oxide layer.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/oxid...-right-216777/

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So far here is the way I am leaning:

Winware 40 QT professional Aluminum stock pot. $48 shipped
T325B brewer's hardware 2.5" probe thermo w/ weldless $32
Brewer's hardware weldless sight glass elbow $ 27
Brewer's Hardware two piece ball valve SS $13
Brewer's hardware SS weldless bulkhead $12

Total $132

EDIT: the above except with the kettle kit from BH which includes the 3 piece valve and elbow, as well as the sightglass kit and the thermometer for $92. Making the total around $140.

Any thoughts??

I'm pretty open to everything.
My assumption here is you are referring to BobbyM's site brewhardware.com for these items.
My only suggestion(s) would have been:
1) go for the 3 piece valve, cleaning them is a breeze. (saw the edit)
2) site glass not absolutely necessary (if you are looking to save some $)
If so, look into the combination thermo/sightglass tee fitting.
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My assumption here is you are referring to BobbyM's site brewhardware.com for these items.
My only suggestion(s) would have been:
1) go for the 3 piece valve, cleaning them is a breeze. (saw the edit)
2) site glass not absolutely necessary (if you are looking to save some $)
If so, look into the combination thermo/sightglass tee fitting.
+1 on the thermo / site glass T fitting. One less hole to drill. +1 on brewhardware.com Good product, excellent support.
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Thanks guys. I'm not concerned so much about saving the money and I think a sightglass would be pretty useful for the $27. I definitely thought getting the T fitting unit, but I noticed the description says that they advise you to put the thermometer a little higher up and that if you are not necessarily committed to the less drilling/easier install, that it might be better to install them separately.

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Thanks guys. I'm not concerned so much about saving the money and I think a sightglass would be pretty useful for the $27. I definitely thought getting the T fitting unit, but I noticed the description says that they advise you to put the thermometer a little higher up and that if you are not necessarily committed to the less drilling/easier install, that it might be better to install them separately.
I can see the thermometer being higher so that you could read it a little easier. FWIW I put my weldless T & ball valve as low as I could, I dont have issues. However I do use a heat shield below the weldless ports. Wouldn't you want the hole for the sightglass as low as possible so you can read the volume as soon as possible? i.e. starts at 3 gallons vs 4.
Call Bobby tell him your pot dimensions and what you want, get his recommendation.
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I was able to buy a 15 gallon SS kettle with thermometer and ss ball valve for about $190 CDN in Canada including shipping. (that's about $190 USD as we're close to par). Looking at the site now, it looks like they might be even cheaper. While it may not be practical for you to order from these guys (and I'm in no way affiliated with them), you might find something comparable in the US (assuming that's where you are).

I do 5-6 gallon batches and I'm glad I went with a 15 gallon pot as even with a pot this size I've had minor boil overs (the froth has dripped down the side... but never touched the ground).

http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/Homeb...tion_s/134.htm

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Thanks guys! I went with the 10 Gallon Concord SS and bought all my fittings and goodies from Brewhardware and Bargainfittings. I went with the separate thermometer and a thermowell for good measure.

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Thanks guys. I'm not concerned so much about saving the money and I think a sightglass would be pretty useful for the $27. I definitely thought getting the T fitting unit, but I noticed the description says that they advise you to put the thermometer a little higher up and that if you are not necessarily committed to the less drilling/easier install, that it might be better to install them separately.
+1 to the separate installation. I had no concerns or fears with the drilling of my kettles. I must have watched the BobbyM videos on YouTube about 10x before I did it and afterwards my neighbor joked with me that I should make a video for YouTube so that other people could learn.
I laughed and then showed him the videos.

On a serious note, I ended up getting a Milwaukee brand step bit ($40) and I can honestly say that that thing is the BEST. If you use a good spray lubricant, it almost taunts you to drill through another inch of steel.

Even more impressive was the hole it cut into an old aluminum stockpot that I had. Seriously just like butter with a hot knife.
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