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Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« on: May 28, 2015, 08:48:22 PM »
There are heaps of stainless steel brew kettles on the market. Any advice on a "standard" thickness or grade of steel for a 10 gallon kettle?

Thanks in advance...

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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2015, 07:07:41 AM »
I'm happy with my Megapot so far, not the best by any means but not the worst either.  It has pretty solid walls and a beefed up bottom.

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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2015, 07:47:53 AM »
Blichmann Brew Pots are specifically designed for brewing.
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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 11:43:14 AM »
Just make sure it's not too thin and flimsy for your brew kettle. Some newer pots are really thin, which is fine for the HLT, but not for  the mash tun or brew kettle.  Mine are old stainless 316 pots, 15 and 10 gallon, used in pharmaceutical compounding, which I added fittings to make them into kettles recently. They are super sturdy and i have been brewing with them for over 20 years. Most online reviews will tell you if the one you have your eye on is suitable.
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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2015, 01:32:58 PM »
I have a 15 gallon Megapot 1.0, great pot but it is heavy. I really like the clad bottom when I was brewing with propane burners. I've since moved to electric and purchased a 44 qt Bayou Classic. It has 20 gauge (.036) thick walls and works well. No clad bottom but not needed when brewing electric.

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=pd_sim_86_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=00Z5T9TXEGBGQGG1AXB6
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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2015, 08:23:09 AM »
I have a 15 gallon Megapot 1.0, great pot but it is heavy. I really like the clad bottom when I was brewing with propane burners. I've since moved to electric and purchased a 44 qt Bayou Classic. It has 20 gauge (.036) thick walls and works well. No clad bottom but not needed when brewing electric.

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=pd_sim_86_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=00Z5T9TXEGBGQGG1AXB6

Wow that's an inexpensive kettle!  Did you outfit yours with a valve and thermometer?

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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015, 06:22:26 AM »
I have a 15 gallon Megapot 1.0, great pot but it is heavy. I really like the clad bottom when I was brewing with propane burners. I've since moved to electric and purchased a 44 qt Bayou Classic. It has 20 gauge (.036) thick walls and works well. No clad bottom but not needed when brewing electric.

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-1044-44-Quart-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000VXHKMC/ref=pd_sim_86_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=00Z5T9TXEGBGQGG1AXB6

Wow that's an inexpensive kettle!  Did you outfit yours with a valve and thermometer?

I installed a valve on it and when I went electric I also retrofitted so I can install the electric element in it as well.
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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2015, 08:44:52 AM »
http://dvorsons.com/vollrath/stockpots.html

Mine are Vollrath 18-8 ;20 guage  stainless steel NSF rated stock pots ( the first row in the linked page)
made into kettles with valve additions and thermostats.  I have a 60 qt w/o lid for boil kettle,
( I use a stainless steel platter for lid as it covers the cooling coil outlets as well) , and a 38.5 qt with lid for mash tun. My HLT is not vollrath but it's a newer 32 qt s.s. pot from Ontario Beerkegs. Not as heavy gauge as the vollraths but it just holds hot sparge water so it works fine. This setup allows me to brew 12 gallons of all grain regular beer styles, or 6 gallons of high gravity 10% a.b.v. belgian quad ale.
My extract brewing was done in the 38.5 qt for decades. These pots are industrial food service quality and I love them they are still in great shape
and work great for brewing with propane heat under BK and Mashtun.
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Re: Advice on stainless steel kettle thickness?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2015, 09:22:48 AM »
I just went with the thickest I could afford.  This ones encourage scorching wort.  Clad bottoms helps distribute the heat but also hold it too.

There are heaps of stainless steel brew kettles on the market. Any advice on a "standard" thickness or grade of steel for a 10 gallon kettle?

Thanks in advance...

 

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