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Old 06-23-2010, 05:10 PM   #1
Jun 2010
northern va
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I think I'm going to get a 16 quart pot for boiling. Walmart has a ceramic coated steel one for $12.95. Should I spring for it, or should I go with stainless steel?

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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Stainless Steel is best, but it is going to cost you a lot more. All depends on your budget.

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:15 PM   #3
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Depends on what works for you and how serious you are about brewing beer as a hobby. Some guys use these ceramic pots exclusively just because they are so inexpensive. They work fine as long as you don't chip off the ceramic coating. Stainless is typically more durable. If you think you are going to stick with the hobby and move to full boils at some point, you are probably going to want something that holds at least 30 qts. If you aren't sure if you like brewing, just buy the pot at Walmart for the time being.

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #4
Apr 2010
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I assume you are considering this one

the ceramic ones work well but you need to very careful with them the ceramic lining will crack and flake over time which can harbor bacteria. I went with this model from wally world.
It has worked great for many brews.

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:23 PM   #5
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It depends on you future brewing plans and budget but I would recommend a larger pot for the option of full boils. I bought an 11-gallon bayou classic that collects dust now that I moved to 10-gallon batches.

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:42 PM   #6
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Spend the $13 on a cheap pot and see if you like brewing. The ceramic pots are really thin and can scorch the wort if you aren't careful. If you find you love brewing, then spend the money and get a big stainless pot. Get at least a 32 qt pot that will do you until you HAVE to go to 10 gallon batches
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:59 PM   #7
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they have 5 gallon stock pots at walmart. stainless for <$40 I believe. and I mean, its a pot, not a carboy. even if you decide you aren't into brewing, you can always use a nice large pot for stews and soups

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Old 06-23-2010, 06:01 PM   #8
Jun 2010
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I just did my first 5 gallon. I already decided 10 gallons seems much more worth it for the effort involved. Not sure if 62 or 82 quarts (SS) would make more sense for 10 gallons. But I think 16 qt could be frustrating. I thought these looked decent

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Old 06-23-2010, 06:02 PM   #9
Dec 2009
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I recently got a 38 qt. aluminum tamale steamer from Target for $24.99. That was back in March, but I'm sure there's something similar out there. It's nice to be able to do 6.5 gallons at once for a low, low price.

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Old 06-23-2010, 06:05 PM   #10
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+1 what Ricand said.

I don't like the ceramic coated steel canning pots because they are really wide. You get a lot of boil off on those. I'd look at the SS line of pots that WallyWorld carries. They offer a couple of inexpensive tri-clad pots.

Also, I initially wanted to go bigger, but since I have an electric range I can't get much more than 4.5 gallons boiling. A 5.5 gallon kettle has just enough room. If you have a gas range that will put out enough BTU's, I'd spring for pot big enough to do a full boil for a 5 gallon batch. when you get started, you'll be surprised by how much a couple of quarts of extra room can make a big difference.

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