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Old 12-26-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
Dec 2009
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I got a 50 dollar walmart giftcard for christmas and Ive been needing a brew kettle.
would this work?

if not, does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 12-26-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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I think it would work out fine. Until you get into doing all grain batches, that size is good.
You will hear some that say aluminum has issues, but I have used it and SS with no problem.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:23 PM   #3

Hello Cyclone (I'm intuiting from your user name and location - LOL!) -

Are you doing extract brewing with a partial boil (cook 3 gallons of wort and top-off with cool water) or all grain with a full boil? If its partial boil, a five gallon (20 qt) pot would be fine. If its full boil, you might consider something a little bigger, at least 10 gallons (40 qt). For full boils, I usually start with 7 or more gallons to end up with 5.5 gallons of wort - this pot would be very full.

Just my two cents - lots of people use lots of different equipment to get to the same end - good beer!

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Old 12-26-2009, 08:22 PM   #4
Dec 2009
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right on, thanks for the advice guys...I usually try to do a full boil but with extract not all grain, theres just something about adding water to my delicious wort that seems strange to me. Ill probably just invest a little extra change out of my pocket and get something a little bigger then

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Old 12-26-2009, 11:55 PM   #5
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I've use the same pot for 3 brews so far, works well--I've done 2 partial mash/extract, with a full 5 gal boil. Its hard to boil over (not impossible, but you really have to neglect it).

I just drilled it today for a no-weld drain, because picking up over 40 pounds of hot or cold wort and trying to accurately pour it is a pain.

Its really thin, dents pretty easy if you drop it. But its cheap and works.


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Old 12-27-2009, 12:16 AM   #6
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I started out doing extract batches, full boil, with a Proctor-Silex 30 qt. SS pot which is pretty cheap. I got it for $40 on sale two years ago at, and it's worked fine. When I made the jump to AG this June, I debated getting a bigger pot, then read some threads on this forum and decided to just use Fermcap-S to control my boils. No problems. I can do 6.5 gal. boils in a 7.5 gal. pot with no issues whatsoever. I have abandoned any plans to buy a bigger brewpot.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:50 AM   #7
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You could always invest the money into a turkey pot and burner. You get a big pot for use of boil for bigger boils and the burner to Brew outside.
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:57 AM   #8
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I've had a couple of these 22 quart pots fom Wal-Mart for about the past 4 years:

I put a valve on one of them and recently started squeezing 5 gallon boils out of it.

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Old 12-27-2009, 02:00 AM   #9
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The title of this thread indicated much more potential. I was expecting a funny story.

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Old 12-27-2009, 02:02 AM   #10
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I would buy a stainless steel pot, at least 24 qt.


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