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Old 10-31-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm new here, but I've been lurking for a while just learning. I am in the process of gathering equipment for my first brew, and decided to go to Big Lots to see what they have to offer. I was looking for a turkey fryer, but found a stainless steel 20 qt stock pot w/ lid for $15! It seems like a decent sturdy pot, but I am a firm believer of you get what you pay for. This pot was made in India, so I am not sure of the quality of the pot, but I think it will work just fine, at least for the first few batches, after which I could use it for something else. Now to get the rest of the stuff....

 
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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The only big draw back is the size. You also might have a little bit of a leaking problem where the handles are attached. I've noticed that problem with a lot of the cheap pots....turkey fryers included.

 
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback. I am reading Charlie Papazian's Joy of Brewing, and plan to follow his guideline for my first batch, using an extract. It only calls for 1.5 gallons of water, so I don't think size will be a problem until I change my setup. I'd like to go all grain in the future, but I want to dip my toes in the water so to say.

 
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:54 PM   #4
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I think mine's 20 quart, and was a cheapie ($16) from Target. No complaints so far.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:22 PM   #5
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I purchased a set to 4 Stainless Steal pots for $22 but I really like my $45 stainless steel one better.

It is MUCH easier to boil faster with the expensive one - I think it is thicker ????? All I know is it has cut my brew time down by 1/2 hour at least. My 20g cheapo had a hard time getting water hot fast.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:41 PM   #6
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As long as you keep you total volume to 80 % or less than the capacity of your pot, you will be fine. If you get above 80%, boilover will drive you nuts.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:54 PM   #7
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I used a 20 quart pot for a couple of years. I did 3 gallon batches, which meant 4-1/4 gallon boil with just enough headspace that I wouldn't lose any in the boil as long as I used FermcapS.

I recently got this 30 quart kettle for $60.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:45 PM   #8
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Walmart has some nice tri-clad pots that are quite inexpensive. Glass lid is nice for the hot water boil so you can heat the water faster. Tri-clad, IMO, gives less chance of scorching the wort. I've got big SS pots but am now down to 3 gallon batches.. so I'm using two turkey fryer pots now. As long as I keep my eye on things I'll never have a boil over or scorch. SS is wonderful.. but, expensive. If you live near SF bay area, I have a great Italian 10+gallon SS pot with a valve I'm looking to get rid of. Bought it from More Beer many years ago and it's still virgin.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:05 PM   #9
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I picked up a set of four nested,polished SS stock pots at Giant Eagle a year ago last January for some $25 with lids & steamer trays. And 20qt equalling 5 gallons is fine for 2.5-3 gallon partial boils. I use mine with a cake cooling rack in the bottom for steeping or partial mash beers. I can use the 3 or 4 gallon ones for heating sparge water. They 've held up real well for nearly 2 years.
Some PBW & a dobie to scrub'em inside & out,& they're all clean & shiny again.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:37 AM   #10
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I had a 20qt for my first kettle, worked just fine for extract brews with my ISO standard Craigslist turkey fryer. I'd probably still be using it, except for my birthday SWMBO got me a 10g pot and a 55K BTU burner.

 
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