I am eager to start my first BIAB, but I have a newbie question.
I am in the market for a BIAB pot and I am not sure which one to get. There are some requirements I would like to include. I am looking for an 80, 82, or a 100 quart pot. Thatís at least 75 liters I think. I have looked at the bayou, classic 82 quart pot with the basket for about 175 usd but I was having second thoughts on it. The first issue was that I think there might not be enough room in the basket to put feet on, so as to increase the height 3 or 4 inches. Another poster on another board had this very same problem. Also I hear that the stainless on this pot is a bit thin, less than one millimeter.
I am also looking at this site http://www.kitchenfantasy.com/shoppi...stockpots.html
and was interested in the 75 quart pot. The price is right, however, with shipping it would bring it to about 515 usd and its only 75 quarts. I really want to get a bit bigger pot to make the big beers in the big pots (I am thinking about 10 gallons of >1.080 beer, at least). Also itís nice to have that option.
Another option would be to simply buy an Update International pot. http://www.amazon.com/Update-Interna...rds=stock+pots
It does not have the steamer but I also found this one for a small price http://www.amazon.com/Update-Interna...=IAM8BU2BUQ7B1
. The problem with this option is that I am not sure about making beer with chrome, or how strong this steamer is for 50 pounds of grain in the stockpot.
Or , I could just by a commercial stock pot like the one here http://www.webstaurantstore.com/2737...der=price_desc
and make my own false bottom, just to have something off the stock pot so the bag wonít break. I also know about putting a plate or a pie tin upside down in the pot, but for me I am also thinking about going electric, thus the reason for having something that does have about a 3 or 4 inch clearance on the bottom.
Lastly I could go with the Bayou Classic pot like this one shown here http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...Steel+Stockpot
Its suppose to be a bit more thicker but it does not come with a steamer. On the bayou website http://bayouclassicdepot.com/1982-ba...mer-basket.htm
is the steamer and itís a nice one IMHO, but its also pricey at over 100 usd. Or does someone on this site know of another option.
So the question is what option would be best given that I want something with a steamer or a false bottom type of accessory, and is somewhat large (80 quarts or bigger)
I hope to hear from someone that has a pot similar to what my I am looking for.