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Old 08-21-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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I've been reading and searching a lot on this site and was debating between the MegaPot and the Heavy Duty kettles offered by morebeer. I was leaning towards the heavy duty kettke primarily because of the thicker construction and the ports for spigot and thermometer, and I also like multi-layer bottom, which I know some people say is not necessary. I plan on starting with 5 gallon batches but easily see myself brewing larger batches. Other threads people have suggested buying more than you need initially, so I was planning on getting a 10 gallon brew pot. I just now stumbled across brew-magic's kettles (http://www.brew-magic.com/ketl_original_univ.html) and am leaning towards that due to the much cheaper price when comparing it to the heavy duty kettles of the same capacity. I will be brewing outside with a propane set up. Any reason not to get the brew-magic kettle?


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Old 08-21-2010, 01:21 AM   #2
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You can build that same thing for the cost of a used keg and some elbow grease.

Search "Keggle" here on the board.

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Old 08-21-2010, 01:26 AM   #3
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Go with something 15 gallons if you can. Great for 5 gallon batches, with the capacity to go to 10 gallons when you find a recipe you love and dont want to ever run out of (which you will).
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:27 AM   #4
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To be totally honest with you, a 10 gallon pot isn't going to get you much more than a 5 -6 gallon batch anyway. So I think you should totally go for something more "keggle" like. Do as Bad Coffee suggests and search "keggle". You could probably get a complete keggle w/ spigots, sightglass, etc for the same price if not cheaper depending on what you go with and if you or a friend can weld.
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:57 AM   #5
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15 gallon pot!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you won't regret it. 10 gallons and you might regret it. It gets tight doing a 6 gallon batch (which you will want to set as your standard if you don't already) in a 10 gallon pot.

Coming from the owner of a 10 gallon pot.
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yeah I have a 10 gallon pot and I definitely should have gone for a 15.
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Thanks for the replies, gonna go with the sabco. I don't have any cutting or welding knowledge or tools and I don't know anyone who does. I've been putting off brewing for far too long and just want to get started.
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:23 PM   #8
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I envy those of you who can get a keg. I've been scouring craigs list for a keg for a long time. I talked to my LHBS because they had a shipment of legal commercial kegs from a distributor but they said it was a one time thing and aren't receiving them anymore. It looks like I'm going to have to buy a kettle as well.


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