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Old 05-07-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
Apr 2008
Havertown PA
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EDIT: Deal is NOW DEAD, price is $70.

So I've brewed one batch of beer with a smaller than needed pot. It was not fun, constantly stirring and changing the heat level. I've been trying to find a good price on a large pot but have been met with incredibly expensive cookware ($50-150)! I'm actually brewing an Oatmeal Stout this afternoon with a friends 5 gallon pot but came across this fantastic deal on a turkey cooker.

When I was over my dad's friend's house a couple weeks ago he opened my eyes to the fantastic method of brewing outdoor with a propane turkey frier. This thing made everything so much easier. You don't have to worry about the steam/smell filling the house, spills, cramped working spaces, etc. Also the propane setup can heat the wort MUCH faster and you can get almost instantaneous temp control.

So I found this on Amazon and was immediately attracted to the price (but the 2 out of 5 stars had me wary). It turns out the description did not match the pictures and several people gave it horrible reviews because it didn't include some fish frier (like I care). Apparently due to the bad reviews it seems Amazon has dropped the price to make it more attractive (it worked for me). To top it off it is eligable for the Free Supersaver shipping so the 22lb ($20 shipped to my house) which would have made the deal only semi-good is shipped for free.

For $36 (EDIT: Now down to $30.72) I get a much more enjoyable way to brew my beer. Here's the link if anyone else is interested, but I had to share this if other people were dissapointed with the thought of spending a lot of money on a pot (especially just getting into the hobby).


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Old 05-07-2008, 05:20 PM   #2
Oct 2006
Indianapolis, IN, Indiana
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I'd say 90% of homebrewers brew their first full 5 gal boil using a turkey fryer kit.
8-Paws Brewing Co.
Tap 1:.Bombastic IIPA (10g)
Tap 2:.Mudpuddle Oatmeal Stout (10g) [nitro]

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Old 05-07-2008, 05:22 PM   #3
Dec 2006
Doylestown, PA
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Walmart....39 bucks & instant gratification.

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Old 05-07-2008, 05:44 PM   #4
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Aug 2006
Bethlehem, PA
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I have the same burner (Eastman Revolution), and it's much nicer than the cheap turkey fryers you can find anywhere. Even though it doesn't look like it will, it will fit a keg on it.

The 30 qt pot that it comes with is still pretty small for a full boil, so don't expect to look away from it while you're boiling.
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:48 PM   #5
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Jan 2008
Hiram, GA
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This is the exact one that I use; got it for $25 from Lowe's on clearance one day. Boilovers are a definite concern for sure so make sure you have your spray bottle on hand during the first twenty minutes or so. That said, I've used it for about 5 or 6 brews and boiling 6.5 gallons is tricky but can be done if you watch it like a hawk.

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Old 05-07-2008, 07:18 PM   #6
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Santa Barbara
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Aluminum = alzheimers.

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Old 05-07-2008, 07:31 PM   #7
Sweet T
May 2008
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Originally Posted by Brew Dude View Post
Aluminum = alzheimers.
I'd like to hear more on this. Anyone else have an opinion?
No brews yet, I'm learning and gathering all the stuff I need!

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Old 05-07-2008, 07:36 PM   #8
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Nov 2006
New Market, MD
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I figure the alcohol will kill my brain cells quicker than the aluminum.

At least, that's what I keep repeating to myself...
"An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold on to a blade of grass, and keep from slipping off the face of the Earth."

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Old 05-07-2008, 08:13 PM   #9
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Mar 2008
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Thanks, ordered one today.

Primary 1 - Black Widow Dry Stout
Primary 2 - Black Widow Dry Stout
Secondary 1 - Apfelwein
Secondary 2 - Apfelwein
Keg 1 - Adverse Yaw House Pale Ale (Notty)
Keg 2 - Adverse Yaw House Pale Ale (S-05)
Keg 3 - NB #8
Keg 4 - Centennial Blonde
On Deck - Faversham Best Bitter (Orig Recipe)

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Old 05-07-2008, 08:21 PM   #10
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East Dundee, Illinois
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Originally Posted by Brew Dude View Post
Aluminum = alzheimers.
Check out this thread.

- Aluminum pots will cause Alzheimer's disease. FALSE. This myth was debunked years ago by the medical research community, and the US National Institutes of Health and Health Canada have long since ruled out a connection between Alzheimerís disease and aluminum cookware. If you donít believe me, see the following:

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