Originally Posted by The Blow Leprechaun
Keep in mind that 16qt or 20qt - you're eventually going to need to replace it either way to get to a full boil (or get a second pot as some do), so I wouldn't agonize over the decision.
Yeah, that's one of the reasons I didn't want to spend $40-$50 on a 20qt stainless-steel stockpot. That'd be like 25% of my total equipment cost, on a friggin pot that'd be upgraded eventually anyways (assuming I stay with the hobby).
I was avoiding aluminum before, but after reading some threads here, I realize now it's not so bad. I feel comfortable I can get a 20qt aluminum pot for ~$20, and that's a lot more reasonable.
I'm trying to keep my initial equipment cost as far under $200 as I can, and a stainless steel pot can blow that budget pretty easily.
Thanks for all your help guys. Hopefully I can brew my first batch in the next few days.