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Old 11-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default 20.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Stock Pot for $117

I'm currently building a 3 vessel eHerms system and was originally going to use 3 keggles, but decided to shop for a 20 gallon stock pot for my HLT so I'll have enough heated water for my mash, recirculating wort, and sparge w/o having to add more cold water during the process. Anyways, I found this awesome deal and thought I'd share this find with anyone out there that is interested. I found some other pots on ebay, but I trust Bayou's quality more. Cheers!

http://www.wayfair.com/Bayou-Classic...x-BAY1032.html
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:04 AM   #2
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I have that pot and got it from Amazon. My brother-in-law and friend also have the same pot. It's great!
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:25 AM   #3
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Sniperd, I am looking at this pot... can you measure it and give me the true inner diameter and height of the pot? I have been burned before by "claimed" dimensions; it would be greatly appreciated!

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Yep, it's 18 7/8th inches across inner diameter, and 17 inch high measured from the inside to the top. Handle to handle it's 22.5 inches diameter.

This is the actual one I bought:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ms_ohs_product

82 quart. I can do 15 gallon batches no problem. I usually run off 18 gallons and get just under 3 gallons of boil off. We've done 30+ batches with it and have not had a problem.

I'm a very happy customer. Here are some pictures from a brew day this summer:

https://picasaweb.google.com/1043285...COSc0uT40dHTGA

Good luck!

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These Concord pots are also a very good deal. I have their 60qt pots
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CONCORD-100-...item20c538d4a3
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I was considering them too, but chose the Bayou for $7 more. I did notice those Concords were 1 mm thick while the Bayou was only 0.8 mm.
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I was considering them too, but chose the Bayou for $7 more. I did notice those Concords were 1 mm thick while the Bayou was only 0.8 mm.
From my experience of using the Bayou it does seem very sturdy. We get a little nervous lifting the kettle by the handles with 15+ gallons of hot wort in it but it's never been an issue. After 30+ brews, it still stands strong and solid. If I had to do it over I'd just buy the same one again.
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That's good to hear. Pretty excited for it to arrive in the mail to start drilling and welding couplers on it!
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Looks like they just jacked the price up $27.
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(Hmm.. I worded that funny; next sentence is edited for clarity.)

If the price between the Concord pot and the Bayou is close; I'd highly recommend going with the Bayou. The Concord pot certainly doesn't seem to live up to the 304L stainless standard and might not even be 300 series at all.

It has a number of materials-based blemishes and stainless welding to it was a TERRIBLE experience; the difference between the stainless alloy of the kettle and the 316 of my wire made the weld just not want to stick. (The vessel and fitting were properly cleaned with acetone right before welding so that was NOT a problem.)

If you plan on welding anything EVER don't go with the Concord or other ultra cheap Chinese options....


Your mileage may vary but this is my first-hand experience and recommendation.


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P.S. Welding the same fitting with the same process to another vessel ("proper" 304L stainless) was very easy -only the Concord pot posed a problem.
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