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Old 02-04-2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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I apologize if this is in the wrong forum, but I thought others noobs, like myself, would appreciate this. 22-quart stainless steel stock pot for $40. I just picked one up today and it's better quality than the ones they sell at the LHBS.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-22-Quart-Stainless-Steel-Stockpot/5902722



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Old 02-04-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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Thats a high quality pot, with a lifetime warranty. I bought the exact one a month ago hoping to go all grain with it, when I realized its not nearly big enough for AG i returned it and bought a bigger one online. The problem with the 22qt is that its just barely too small to even do full boils in.



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Old 02-05-2010, 01:06 AM   #3
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It's not ideal but I've been doing full boils with it for the past few months. I have a 40 quart stock pot but wanted to do double batches and didn't want to spend the $ for another 40 quart pot. Already had the 22 quart so rolled with it.

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Old 02-05-2010, 05:15 AM   #4
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I haven't started full boils or AG yet, so this is ideal for me. Thought it would be ideal for other noobs who don't do full boils either.

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Old 02-05-2010, 01:19 PM   #5
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Default +1 on that pot

Bought that pot last month. Yep, it's only 5.5 gallon but you won't find anything close to the quality at that price. Has a triple ply bottom (no hot spots.) I forget the gauge but it is stout.

For 40 bucks I think it's a steal. I've been brewing full boil 1/2 batches (3 gallon boil = 2.5 gallon in the bucket.) For stove top fun in the dead of winter this thing rocks!

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Old 02-05-2010, 01:34 PM   #6
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Yup, that Tramontina is good quality stuff on the cheap. I got that pot early on and have moved up to a 9 gallon pot, but I use the Tramontina to heat the Mash and Sparge water on the kitchen gas range. The triple ply bottom is pretty sweet too. I own one of the smaller Tramontinas with the pasta and steaming inserts also for cooking. Good stuff.

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Another thumbs up for this pot. Very well made and the thicker bottom is great for even heat distribution.

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apparently you guys can get a better deal on this than I can. Around Buffalo NY (and on Walmarts web site) they are $49.99... not that big of a deal... but its another $10

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I use that pot and it works wonders. You can do full 5 gallon boils in it. However, you must:

a) watch it like a hawk because there is very little head space, 1" at best
b) wait for the hot break to happen before adding hops or you will boil-over. I do ~80 minute boils, 20 minutes for the hot break, then proceed with 60 minute hop schedule.

This gives me about 4 gallons at flame-out.

It is a great pot though, surprised that it was so cheap and yet so sturdy. I have no fear carrying 4 gallons boiling wort from stove to sink, the handles are insulated and riveted on.

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This is the same pot I've used for a long time for extract and partial mash brews. It's been great. As David said, you can boil 5 gallons in there if you're careful. Just watch it closely during hot break and/or use Fermcap or something to keep the foam down. All said and done you usually just have to top off with a gallon or sometimes a tad less.



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