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Old 04-18-2010, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default "Premium" Brew Kettle: Worth the Money?

Am going to order a 10 gallon brew kettle. As you all know, could range anywhere from an aluminum turkey fryer pot to a Blichmann (or maybe there's something even better out there).

Are the "premium" kettles worth the extra cash over the long term?


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Old 04-18-2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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The Blichmann is pretty cool with the sight glass, ball valve, temp gauge, and ability to add a false bottom and auto-sparge. Even if it is expensive and the functionality can be replicated, it is a very pretty looking piece of equipment.


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Old 04-19-2010, 01:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Teromous; anyone else want to jump in?
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:34 PM   #4
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I've never used my kettle to do anything more than heat/boil wort. I think the money can be spent elsewhere on more beer ingredients.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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Not worth it in my opinion, and 10 gallons is an in between size imo. I would go 15. My 5.5 gallon batches are 8.5 preboil.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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I have a bayou classic stainless 11-gal. I bought it when I first started and it worked great for 5-gal batches. I have since stepped up to 10-gal batches so It mostly just sits there. Sometimes I still use it for heating cleaning water. I think it is a great kettle and was much cheaper than others I looked at.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:03 PM   #7
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I may be a bit outspoken here, but I think those "Premium Kettles" are a complete rip off. I don't see why anyone would buy one (even if the money was not an option). Before I made my keggle (which is great for 5.5 and 11 gallon batches), I used a 20 gallon aluminum kettle I picked up off CL for $30. Most people who buy Blichmann don't ever use all of those cool upgrades that are available for them anyways. The reality is most people will use a converted cooler mash tun and a propane burner with a kettle. Instead of buying an expensive kettle, convert a keg that you bought off of CL and buy a Banjo burner like this one http://bayouclassicdepot.com/kab6-ki...urner-plus.htm, which fits a keg or a large pot on top perfectly. I brought 14.5 gallons of wort from sparge/mash temp to boiling in 15 minutes yesterday.
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I think that the premium kettle are worth every penny. A Geo metro drives A-B just the same as a Porsche, which would you rather have?

They cost more and are much nicer.

Wild- you boil off 3 gallons?
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Am going to order a 10 gallon brew kettle. As you all know, could range anywhere from an aluminum turkey fryer pot to a Blichmann (or maybe there's something even better out there).

Are the "premium" kettles worth the extra cash over the long term?
Its an entirely personal question.


The Blichmann won't make any better beer than a cheap aluminum pot though.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:39 PM   #10
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I think that the premium kettle are worth every penny. A Geo metro drives A-B just the same as a Porsche, which would you rather have?

They cost more and are much nicer.

Wild- you boil off 3 gallons?
A porsche has more functionality than a geo metro. It also performs better.


It could be argued that a cheap aluminum pot performs better than a blichmann (they certainly heat faster).


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