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Old 10-20-2008, 11:29 PM   #1
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Hello brewers!

New guy here. Have been out of homebrewing for 7 years but am starting up again and almost have all my equip in line to start doing 10gal batches.

Here's my question:

I have an extra (long story, but it was free ) 60qt stainless kettle (one like these: Update International 60 Qt. Stainless Steel Pot with Sandwich Bottom - UPI-SPS-60 - SPS-60 at Wares Direct) and don't know what to do with it.

My options are:

1) Direct fired mash tun
2) HLT
3) Sell it.

I'm going to be insulating my boil kettle anyway, so insulating a second pot would be no problem. I'm leaning toward option #2 as that would be the most practical. However, I like the potential flexibility offered by #1...but, honestly, I've got enough toys and I could use the $$ (hence option #3)...ah, decisions...

So let me have it. Gimme the answer

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

-David

 
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:37 PM   #2
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I would say you should go for the hlt... you did forget an option though.... you could just give it to me but seriously, welcome back!

 
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:42 PM   #3
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Cut it up and give 1/3 to the Government...........................Oh, sorry wrong kind of windfall

My bad

 
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:11 AM   #4
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YES! The first to say I'll take it!

 
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:12 AM   #5
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Oh, I'm sloppy seconds, never mind

 
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:30 AM   #6
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id happily pay u a small amount for it..better than the above jokers who want it free..geesh

 
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:37 AM   #7
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Quote:
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2) HLT

I'm going to be insulating my boil kettle anyway, so insulating a second pot would be no problem. I'm leaning toward option #2 as that would be the most practical. However, I like the potential flexibility offered by #1...but, honestly, I've got enough toys and I could use the $$ (hence option #3)...ah, decisions...
I'd go HLT as well. When I last upgraded my kettle, I added a sightglass, ball valve and thermometer to my old turkey-fryer. Mashing in and sparging are a joy now, no more awkward measuring and struggling to pour from a giant pot of hot water. Just turn the valve, and watch the sightglass!

 
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:41 AM   #8
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Are you an AG brewer of an extract brewer? If AG I would go for the HLT. You just can’t brew w/ out one IMO. If an extract brewer I would recommend holding on to it till you go AG (you will go AG) and then make a (maybe an electric) HLT out of it. But w/ the price of stainless these days, either way I would hold onto it.
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Old 10-21-2008, 02:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for the perspectives.

Still not sure that I shouldn't task my current mash tun (10gal cooler) as a HLT and use the kettle as a mash tun. The direct fire option would be nice, as would the ability to do high gravity 10gal batches without running out of room...the only problem is that I'm concerned that the geometry of the kettle (relatively broad and shallow) would not make for a good MT...

I guess I could make manifold for the kettle and swap between kettle and cooler mash tuns depending on grain bill? Hmm, I might do that!

Sorry for thinking out loud. I've always brewed via gravity/siphon and I finally got a pump--I guess the number of possibilities that it opens up is still new to me

 
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:03 PM   #10
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Sell it to this guy: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/best...oil-pot-85045/

Then use the money to buy some corny kegs?
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