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Old 07-08-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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I've got an offer to sell me a keg for $60. I just brewed my first AG batch Sunday and am in dire straits (not the band) needing/wanting a lg boil pot. (for the record I brewed a session ale <4% alc) I've got questions! My local restaurant supply store sells 40 qt stainless pots for $115 and aluminum for $95. I was planning on getting the stainless for Christmas. But I've always been intrigued with having a keggle.

Are they efficient to heat up?
Faster or slower than a pot to heat up?
Other than cutting out the top, what else has to be done?

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Old 07-08-2008, 09:45 PM   #2
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Here is another option. Heats up a lot faster than the keggle. I think Evan! has a few.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:45 PM   #3
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They're really no different than the large pots you'll find at restaurant supply stores. All you have to do besides cut the top off is wash it out and you're good.
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Go for the keg, it lasts a lifetime. Good 15 gallon SS pots are $200.00 to $280.00 or more. I would not go smaller.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:00 PM   #5
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I would go with the keg too. Add a ball valve and a sight gauge, and you have the last kettle you will ever need.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:07 PM   #6
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Here is another option. Heats up a lot faster than the keggle. I think Evan! has a few.
60 quart Aluminum Stockpot
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They're really no different than the large pots you'll find at restaurant supply stores. All you have to do besides cut the top off is wash it out and you're good.
Is the metal gauge heavy enough to support putting in a ball valve? Can it be reliably drilled?

Also no comments on the "efficiency" of heating the kettle vs a pot. Is there a difference?

Thanks for the info so far.

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Old 07-08-2008, 11:21 PM   #7
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A good aluminum stock pot will support a ball valve with no problems, it takes about 15 minutes provided you have the right tools. Install a bazooka screen on the inside and you have a decent hop/break filter as well.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:04 AM   #8
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A good aluminum stock pot will support a ball valve with no problems, it takes about 15 minutes provided you have the right tools. Install a bazooka screen on the inside and you have a decent hop/break filter as well.
Could you please elaborate on what are the right tools?

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Old 07-09-2008, 12:13 AM   #9
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$50 is a bit steep. I recently got 3 of them: $20/$15/free.

Tough to argue at $50 really.

 
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:17 AM   #10
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The right tools consist of a decent corded or cordless drill. A hole saw or step drill bit in the correct size (I think it's 3/4", but am not sure). The ball valves are around $30-36 dollars depending on where you buy, and I think there are some cheaper sources as well. A good crescent wrench and a set of large jawed pliers to tighten down the ball valve will complete the job in no time flat.
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