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Old 02-15-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
Feb 2011
virginia beach, virginia
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I've got everything I need to brew except for a brew kettle. Kind of the most important thing. Does anyone know where I can find one (dept stores and such). I've looked at my local home brew shop and they are all sold out and I can't find one of the size I'm looking for anywhere

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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What are you looking for? carries keggles; lots of online places carry Blichmann, Polarware, Bayou classic cooker (my fave), etc.

Wally world and others carry lots of inexpensive 5gal stainless stockpots.

I recommend Stainless steel. You'll wish you had one in the long run, though Aluminum works - make sure you boil in it first to "season" it.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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Lowes in my area has a 7.5 gal turkey fryer with a stand for around $65 I think. That's what I use for my 5 gal batches.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #4
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Check out the HBT Vendor List and look through their inventories to find what suits you. If it's on that list, at least one person on this forum has done business with them. If you have any questions on a particular product or vendor, there are more than a few opinions to spare.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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If you're just starting out with partial boil extract recipes, you can make do with a garden variety (er, kitchen variety) stock pot from Walmart. I have an inexpensive 16qt enameled stock pot that was my first brew kettle on the kitchen stove, still in my inventory.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:41 PM   #6
Feb 2012
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Academy sports has a7.5 gallon fryer pot for 20 bucks

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:43 PM   #7
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Depends on your size. Google aluminum stock pot (or stainless stock pot) and follow the google shopping links.

The key is that bigger will end up being better in the long-run, just as long as it's not too big to fit your setup, ie. if you're boiling on a stove-top you might not be able to get a pot with a 18" wide base to boil very well. If you're using propane or nat. gas, you're probably fine.

Minimum size I would get is a 30qt. turkey fryer pot. My local Menards (like a Home Depot) has them for $29.99 with basket and lid.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:57 PM   #8
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I got a 18.5 QT stock pot from target for 20$. I use it for steeping grains,boiling hops and mixing malt extract. Love It

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:00 PM   #9
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15 gal aluminum pot for $75 delivered from HD. Add ~$30 for SS ball valve & Bob's your uncle.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:11 PM   #10
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Are you brewing indoors? Outdoors? Extract or All-grain? Will this be your first brew?

If this is your first batch ever, and are using extract, all you need is a large stock pot, of at least 4-5 gallons.
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