Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Buying my first brew kettle
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-01-2012, 04:44 AM   #1
Southern_Junior
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 193
Liked 12 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Buying my first brew kettle

Alright guys, I am a new brewer and really getting stoked about the possibilities(even looking at brewing grad school after college) but I'm ready for my own brew kettle.

I am trying to decide between a 10 gal or 15 gal. What are your thoughts? Right now I'm doing just extract brewing, but I want to get on to all grain one day. So expansion should be considered.

Thanks!


Southern_Junior is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 04:47 AM   #2
reinstone
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
reinstone's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: , IL
Posts: 1,228
Liked 117 Times on 97 Posts
Likes Given: 131

Default

the bigger the better...................also where are you buying from....i might be able to help save some $


reinstone is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
wilserbrewer
BIAB Expert Tailor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 10 reviews
 
wilserbrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jersey Shore, Jersey
Posts: 8,284
Liked 859 Times on 684 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Well, with what college costs these days, unless you are wealthy, I would suggest you scour craigslist for a 10-15 gallon stainless or aluminum stock po , or a keggle, or even a turkey fryer will get you goin. Focus on the brewin more than the bling.
wilserbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
rustym
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Posts: 275
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

As big as you can afford! You won't regret it.
rustym is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
Southern_Junior
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 193
Liked 12 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Is there anything to worry about with Aluminum? I was told to avoid aluminum at all costs.
Southern_Junior is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
Irish13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Vancouver, WA, Washington
Posts: 104
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

If your going to get into AG one day then I would get 15g Kettle. craigslist is a good place to look or try spikebrewing.com. Spike's has good prices and selection. I order a kettle from them a few weeks ago.

Whatever you do..... Good luck and have fun.
__________________
There are good ships, there are wood ships and the ships that sail the sea.

But the best ships, are friendships,
and may they always be.
Irish13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #7
BrewerBear
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: !, !
Posts: 1,265
Liked 83 Times on 76 Posts
Likes Given: 60

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Southern_Junior View Post
Is there anything to worry about with Aluminum? I was told to avoid aluminum at all costs.
No need to worry about aluminum, what you do is a full boil for about an hour to oxidize the pot and your good to go.
BrewerBear is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #8
Irish13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Vancouver, WA, Washington
Posts: 104
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BrewerBear

No need to worry about aluminum, what you do is a full boil for about an hour to oxidize the pot and your good to go.
Agreed ^

Plus aluminum is cheaper then SS if your on a budget.
__________________
There are good ships, there are wood ships and the ships that sail the sea.

But the best ships, are friendships,
and may they always be.
Irish13 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 03:17 PM   #9
mrmuskie
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: rock island, illinois
Posts: 46
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Go 15 gallon for sure. convert a keg or get a 15 g kettle, just get something you can do 10 g batches in.... or buy my 9 g kettle lol. I thought I would do 5 g batches forever.... 10 brews in... hello keggle. This is especially true if you are gonna keg.
mrmuskie is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2012, 09:51 PM   #10
SpikeBrewing
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SpikeBrewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 817
Liked 81 Times on 64 Posts
Likes Given: 81

Default

Most people start small and eventually upgrade to a 15 or 20gal kettle. If you plan on sticking with the hobby and have the space I would recommend 15gal.

You didn't say anything about budget. If you're on a budget Al is the way to go. If you have some money set aside for brewing eq then I would recommend stainless steel.

We offer many options for stainless kettles. If you have any questions about equipment feel free to ring me or shoot me an email!


__________________
SpikeBrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools



Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS