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Old 01-17-2013, 10:50 PM   #11
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Just an FYI, the concord 80 qt is only like 13 bucks more than the 60 qt...not that you might need a kettle that large...but the 80 qt looks sweet for $113 shipped!

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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I went with the 80. It can do a 10 gallon batch of a heavy beer no problem.

As for the shipping question above, I got mine in under a week to NC. And when I unpacked them I was impressed with the quality. Having seen both the Concord and BC, I'd say I like the Concord better and they're a bit cheaper.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the great info. I'll be going with the 15 gal Concord and some weldless fittings from Brew Hardware. After that a larger chiller... then maybe a pump... and a conical.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #14
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Another thing if you're using them for a mashtun: The Bayou Classic has a lip up at the top for steamer-baskets to rest. So when buying a false-bottom you have to spend an extra $10 or something and get one with a hinge. Or you could cut into the lip. And in that same vein, if you are doing BIAB you can buy the steamer-basket which is nice and helpful.

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:50 PM   #15
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My 15 and 20 gallon Concord pots just arrived today. Construction is very sturdy, heck they look a lot like my Blichmann. They were also packaged very well. Will be drilling them out this weekend.

 
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:33 PM   #16
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Thanks for this post...I'm ready to go AG and been debating between BIAB and 3 Tier for 3-4 months lol. Finally made the BIAB decision and I'd really like to get this: [URL="http://spikebrewing.com/collections/15-gallon-stainless-kettles/products/15-gallon-stainless-sight-glass"] but it has a hefty price tag. I'm leaning towards the concord with basket..I have a buddy that I'll have him weld 4 SS pieces as legs for the basket...at least that is what I'm toying with.

 
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:31 PM   #17
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I have a 10 gallon BC pot that I frequently use and I have had no issue with it. I do agree that the stamping might be slightly harder to clean but it isnt an issue with me.

I have just recently bought a 20 gallon Concord pot for group brews (1-2 friends joining in)... I have not drilled it out yet, but I just bought the bit and files today. Wish me luck. I am a noob with tools.

As far as differences....

1. Maybe the steel is a little thicker on the Concord, but I really cant tell since its such a bigger pot.
2. My BC has welded handles versus the Concord's riveted.
3. My BC also has markings for volumes that I use as a rough estimate when preparing my sparge/strike water. The Concord does not.
4. I bought my BC with the thermometer and spigot already installed ~$200. And my concord was ~$90 with installation costing $75 ($40 drill bit and files + $35 spigot). So the concord was $35 cheaper for double the pot.

Hope this helps

 
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:42 PM   #18
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I have a 10 gallon BC pot that I frequently use and I have had no issue with it. I do agree that the stamping might be slightly harder to clean but it isnt an issue with me.

I have just recently bought a 20 gallon Concord pot for group brews (1-2 friends joining in)... I have not drilled it out yet, but I just bought the bit and files today. Wish me luck. I am a noob with tools.

As far as differences....

1. Maybe the steel is a little thicker on the Concord, but I really cant tell since its such a bigger pot.
2. My BC has welded handles versus the Concord's riveted.
3. My BC also has markings for volumes that I use as a rough estimate when preparing my sparge/strike water. The Concord does not.
4. I bought my BC with the thermometer and spigot already installed ~$200. And my concord was ~$90 with installation costing $75 ($40 drill bit and files + $35 spigot). So the concord was $35 cheaper for double the pot.

Hope this helps
$40 bit and files?? the files are probably not needed and a step bit is like $10.

 
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:17 AM   #19
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+1 for the concord. Have a 60 qt and installed a 5500 watt element. My only regret is that I didn't go for the 80 qt.

 
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:57 PM   #20
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Concord 60 qt:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-60-QT-Qu...item2c6ba9e7df

$75.98 + $24 S&H = $99.98.

Bayou Classic 62 qt:

http://www.wayfair.com/Bayou-Classic...refid=SS314743

$115.54 with free shipping

From searching the forums, I see the Concord is slightly thicker (1.0 mm vs 0.8 mm) though some have questioned the quality of the Concord's steel.

Also, the Concord handles are riveted whereas the BC is welded, not sure which is better, but my Blichmann has the riveted plate handles.

Thoughts? The price is close enough I just want to know which one is better.
Just found this sale price - $130 which includes the basket and free shipping !
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