So I am working very slowly toward my rig build. My design is detailed in the link in my sig. I have been researching kettles because I decided if I am waiting a few years to collect everything for my nice system, I may as well have nice kettles and sell off my keggle system. Kettles look nicer IMHO.
Anyway, please let me know your opinion between these two kettles:
B3's heavy duty
line with welded in fittings for sight-glass, thermo, and ball valve.
# 10 Year Warranty from MoreBeer!
# Food Grade Stainless Steel with brushed finish will stay good looking for years
# Extra thick. 1.2 mm thick sidewall and a 5mm thick bottom!
# Includes stainless lid and handles
# 14" H x 18" D
with weldless ball valve, sight-glass, and thermo.
The B3 kettle is cheaper by ~$10 so cost is not an issue and the false bottoms are also comparable in cost.
The way I see it...
1. B3 has a higher quality kettle with the thicker walls and sandwiched Al base. However, that isn't really necessary with brewing.
2. The BoilerMaker has the tiltable thermo which is nice. However, the thermo that comes on the B3 is really nice and that is an easy upgrade down the road.
3. The BoilerMaker is weldless, whereas the B3 has welded fittings. I think I want welded but would be happy to hear from BoilerMaker owners about the fittings.
4. The Blichmann false bottom seems nice, but my regular perforated FB works just great.
5. The sight-glass design on the BM looks really nice, and I haven't held a B3 version.
Please vote and give a short description of why. I know the Blingmann image is nice, but both kettles will be equally beautiful IMO so please don't count that in your criteria. Also, please don't tell me to stick with the keggles, that's not the route I am taking. Thanks
Which is better?????