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Old 02-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #31
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I just started extract brewing and live in CT. I bought a 20 qt ss pot at job lots for $14. Seems to be pretty good. Not sure if they have bigger pots but it might be worth looking into if there is a job lots near you.

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #32
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I would recommend at least a 10gal if it's in your range. If you decide to upgrade to SS at some point, you can shift the Aluminum kettle over to become your HLT....that's what I did.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:21 PM   #33
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I'd definitely echo the recommendations for 10 gallons if you are going for 5 gallon batch full boils. I have a 9 gallon and had to cut the heat a few times yesterday while brewing a 5 gallon batch. Started with a bit over 6 gallons of water.

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:31 PM   #34
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I say it depends on your $$$ situation. If you are stretching to buy your stuff.... it is good enough. If you have the money, I would go more toward this type of thing:

It is a relatively cheap 10 gallon pot with a spigot on it. There are probably others too - just an example.
I think the one piece of equipment worth spending some money on when yo start is a good pot. Let's you do full boils, plenty of room, less chance of boil over, can use it eventually for Brew in a Bag/all grain stuff. So, if you can swing it, I would invest more in a pot - a good one can be used forever, pretty much in any brewing setup you might have.

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:32 PM   #35
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Just an update. I ended up finding this pot and got it. For $15 more bucks I got 2 more gallons. Still aluminum, but it should due for now.

Thanks everyone for the input. Much appreciated.

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Old 03-01-2013, 12:00 AM   #36
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I have the smaller version of that pot, it's been working fine for me. Don't forget to prime it (or whatever the term is). Just fill with water and boil for 30 min or so.

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Old 03-01-2013, 03:55 AM   #37
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Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts Here is a 5 gal SS kettle for less than 20 bucks. I cant vouch for the quality.........
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:54 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by JDGator
Aluminum is known to cause old timers so be carefull with it, but then saying that what isn't killing you. Fuzzy seems to like it so i'd give it a shot.

Stainless is a better pot.
This is such an overrated answer that is perpetually tossed around in here. If you thought aluminum cookware would give you Alzheimer's you would never eat any restaurant food ever again. 90% if industrial kitchens cook with nothing but aluminum cookware. I'm not sure where all this keeps getting perpetuated from. But if aluminum cookware caused Alzheimer's we'd all have it by now.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:18 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by JDGator View Post
Aluminum is known to cause old timers so be carefull with it, but then saying that what isn't killing you.

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Old 03-01-2013, 04:07 PM   #40
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Old timer's... lol.

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