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Old 09-01-2012, 04:44 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 09-01-2012, 04:47 AM   #2
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the bigger the better...................also where are you buying from....i might be able to help save some $

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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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.

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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As big as you can afford! You won't regret it.

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
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Is there anything to worry about with Aluminum? I was told to avoid aluminum at all costs.

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #7
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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.

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:17 PM   #9
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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.

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:51 PM   #10
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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!
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