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Old 12-29-2010, 03:03 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by toronado13 View Post
I'm actually in the same boat right now, just got a kit for Christmas and I'm looking for a brew pot too... I have a question about some that I've seen with a valve and a thermometer in them. I understand the thermometer, but how about the valve? Would I really need that to start? or is the valve really more useful when I start doing full grain stuff? Just curious, it seems like it could be something extra to keep clean, etc... and didn't know if when you do use it, if you'd hook up a line to it or anything?
As the pot gets bigger they get heavy...

I use an immersion chiller and then an autosiphon. If you want to flow hot wort through a counter-flow chiller or pump it somewhere, the plastic siphon becomes less useable...

I started with a 5 gallon SS pot for $45 at Target. I added a $75 36 quart SS Bayou Classic pot (on Amazon). The 5 gallon is still used for heating mash and sparge water, so it isn't a waste and is better sized for stovetop duty...

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Old 12-29-2010, 03:14 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by boostsr20 View Post
He meant 36 quart/9 gallon.
thanks for making this clear. Trying to compose, type and take care of our 8 month old son can make multi-tasking a bit difficult.
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