Bayou Classic 800-416 16-Gal. Stainless Steel Brew Kettle Set, 64-Qt.Tri-Ply Bottom for even heating. Narrow diameter and high side-wall reduces chance of boil overAll Stainless construction for no interaction with acid wortFalse Bottom rests on Low Side Indentation creating a tighter barrier, reducing chance for grains and particles to enter the spigot chamberDimension15.55"d x 19.5"h 0.8 mm/20 Gauge5.5 mm Tri-Ply BottomCapacity:64-Qt.
This beast of a brew kettle feels solid and well constructed. It has welded handles. It came with a lid, thermometer false bottom, bazooka screen that fits on the ball valve, ball valve and heat shield to protect the ball valve and thermometer. The false bottom and ridge it sits on is at about the 3.5 gallon mark. The knockout for the weld less thermometer is at about 5 gallons. The knockout for the spigot is at about the 1.5 gallon mark. The kettle has clearly marked Gallons up to 14 and graduated to the quart. The thermometer is large and easy to read and has the ranges marked for mashing and lauter similar to the blichmann brew thermometer.
Overall I am happy with the purchase. Try and put together a 15-16 gallon kettle set with a false bottom, thermometer, and ball valve spigot for under $240. I wish BC had dropped the tri-clad bottom or at least included a dip tube in the setup. The false bottom could be lower 3.5 gallons of water seems a bit high to make this an MLT but I might be wrong on that. And the thermometer could be a bit lower just in case you wanted to go for a small boil but I have seen a few simple mods to correct that. But for my purposes BIAB 5-10 gallon batches this should fit the bill nicely and should serve me well for at least a few years. Well built and a great value! Perfect for a beginning to advanced brewer that doesn't want to shell twice as much or more for a Blichmann.
The Kettle was double boxed and well packaged. 123greetings got it to me in 3 days with free shipping. I posted a link to their page: Cheapest price I found online was $240.http://store.123greetings.com/bayou-classic-800-416-16-gal-stainless-steel-brew-kettle-set-64-qt.html?utm_source=gmc&utm_medium=google&utm_campaign=september12&gclid=CI-U_ov5pLUCFQWnnQodfgkAJA