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11 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle, Basket and Lid – now.. $54.06, Best Price + Free Shipping

44 Quart, 11 gallon stainless kettle, lid and basket from Bayou Classic made from surgical grade 304 SS.  Heavy duty handles.  Strong perforated basket.  There is an indentation in the bottom of the kettle designed to keep the basket from sitting on the bottom.  This setup should be helpful for Brew in a Bag/BIAB brewers.

(update – lower price) 5/24/17 11 AM Central: This has dropped to just $54.06. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found. For comparison what I believe is just the basket portion of this combo is actually selling for more (as of this posting) by itself, without the kettle.  Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Bayou Classic 1144 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot with Basket

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Stainless Steel Brew Kettles w/Thermometer & Ball Valve – from $95.39 + Free Shipping

Concord stainless steel brew kettles.  Includes lid, thermometer and ball valve.

About..

  • Stock pot is made from Commercial Quality Stainless Steel, Fully Polished.
  • All Accessories included in this set are made from high quality 304 Stainless Steel.
  • Lid is hangable on the side of kettle.
  • Center of bottom hole approximately 1.5″ from bottom, Center of top hole approximately 5.5″ from bottom.
  • Full weldless construction, so you can remove and clean as needed.

40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 160 and.. 180 quart sizes are available.

As if this posting, prices start at just $95.38 (for the 10 gallon size0.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

CONCORD Home Brew Stainless Steel Kettle Brewing Stock Pot Beer Wine Set

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Hands On: Blichmann G2 BoilerMaker Kettle

Review of Blichmann Engineering G2 BoilerMaker Kettle

The recently announced G2 Kettle is available in 7.510152030 and 55 gallon sizes.  The BoilerMaker G2 is designed and manufactured in the US.  It includes a Sight Glass w/Laser Etched Volume Markers, Adjustable Angle BrewMometer Thermometer, Linear Flow Valve and tool-less dip tube.  The G2 also features a 1.2 height to diameter ratio.

Here’s a hands on look at the Blichmann G2 BoilerMaker kettle.

cln_img_4415Here’s the box

cln_img_4420In case at any point you thought to yourself “I should probably drop this box”, there is a handy sticker that reminds you not to.

cln_img_4441A look at the kettle straight out of the box.  The new “Linear Flow Valve” comes installed, the Brewmometer Thermometer is not installed upon delivery.

cln_img_4465Here is the Blichmann Engineering name plate and BoilerMaker G2 name plate.  They’ve really stepped it up a notch here vs the G1 as the G1 just has a sticker.  This has no functional importance, but it does look cool.

cln_img_4467Just above the Linear Flow Valve, there is a small plate that reads… “Made in the USA”

cln_img_4448Here’s a look at the sight gauge

cln_img_4449This picture shows the laser etching for the sight glass

cln_img_4537The included Allen wrench allows you remove the top portion of the sight gauge for cleaning

cln_img_4545A brush is included to clean the sight gauge.

cln_img_4423A look inside the kettle.  The included dip tube is on the left hand side.

cln_img_4435A close up of the installed dip tube.

cln_img_4510The dip tube is a tool-less design, meaning, no tools are required to install or remove it.  From what I can gather, it’s the same as the G1.  Works great and it’s easy to use.

cln_img_4477When a first unboxed the G2, I went directly to the Linear Flow Valve.  After turning it a bit, I thought, yeah… it’s pretty cool.  After figuring it out, I can tell you that it is… revolutionary.  Keep reading.

cln_img_4478The Linear Valve’s Cool Touch Handle.  Cool Touch should maybe be “Cooler Touch”.  It is helpful, but still use caution when grabbing for the valve.  It can get warm, even hot.  Most of the time I am able to adjust with my bare hand, but there have been times I’ve grabbed something to shield my hand for the heat.  Heat-wise I would say this is a big improvement from the ball lock handle.

cln_img_4483The side of the Linear Valve, emblazoned with a Blichmann Logo B.  Note that the Linear Valve can be configured at any angle.

cln_img_4522This is the revolutionary part.  That’s light you see through the Linear Valve’s body.  After a while, I started looking through the manual to see how the Linear Valve comes apart.  What would I need to do to clean this?  What tools are required?  The valve simply unscrews and the entire inner workings pop out.  No tools.  When the thing just came off, it was a near jaw dropping moment for me.  I’ve got my fair share of 3 piece ball valves that can be taken apart for thorough cleaning.  How often do I take those apart for thorough cleaning?  I wouldn’t use the word… often.  The Linear Valve comes apart so easily that it will be cleaned every time I use the kettle.

cln_img_4515The inside of the linear valve.  There isn’t much to it.  Easy to clean and sanitize.

cln_img_4518Side view of the inside of the Linear Valve

cln_img_4536The valve body

cln_img_4484New handle design

cln_img_4492New lid handle design

cln_img_4505The lid handle is designed to fit in the kettle handle.

cln_img_4567G1 and G2 10 Gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettles Side by Side

cln_img_4553The G2 with Brewmometer installed

http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2014/11/12-3-piece-stainless-steel-ball-valve-14-95.htmlAfter using it the first time, I decided to orient the valve facing to the side.  Changing the valve orientation is as easy loosening the back nut, changing positions and re-tightening.  The ring on the dip tube can be re-oriented so that the aligning pin fits correctly and the dip tube points down.  I’ve found a side benefit to this orientation.  If you have the valve facing away from you, you can lean the kettle back while carrying it to prevent stray wort from dripping while you’re carrying around the kettle.  I like that a lot, since I usually brew in the garage and do most cleaning in my basement.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on ReviewHere’s a picture of the valve working on the new position.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review Linear Valve TestAfter my “First Looks” Post, I received questions on the flow rate of Blichmann’s new linear valve design.  I had that same question.  To test, I filled both G1 and G2 kettles up to the bottom of their valve outlets.  I actually overfilled and then let the excess drain out.  With both valves opened, I dumped in three gallons of water (from a 5 gallon bucket) and (with my son’s help, despite rumors to the contrary I only have two arms 🙂 timed how long it took to drain that three gallons.  We kept timing until the water level hit the top of the interior valve nut on both kettles.  I did that because I didn’t want to try and time the last dribbles coming out.  So, this was a 3 gallon-ish test.  Results: G1 – 2 Minutes and 4 Seconds, G2 1 Minute 46 Seconds.  The linear valve was 16 seconds slower.  Part of that may be because I have the valve oriented to the right.  The net result is that the flow rate is a bit less for the Linear Valve.  I have a suspicion that the difference will be less when using a pump.  I plan to try that in the future.  Either way, I would much rather have the Linear Flow Valve vs a Three Piece Ball Valve.  I have easily cleaned this every single time I’ve used the G2.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review BIABBrewing MoreBeer’s M80 IPA BIAB Style with The Brew BagReview.  The G2’s Handles make nice spots to secure the bag.  Facebook Friend Brian asked if the BrewMometer’s interferes with the bag when brewing BIAB.  The answer is that BrewMometer’s probe is a short 2″.  It’s not sticking half way into the kettle.  It works well with Brew in a Bag.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review BrewMometerThe BrewMometer showing the mash temp for M80

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review ChefAlarmI pulled out my ChefAlarmReview – to test out-of-the-box accuracy of the BrewMometer while brewing M80.  I’d say that is very close.  Of course, you can calibrate the BrewMometer as needed.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review HopburstBrewing an extract beer using the G2.  The string is the tied off specialty grains steeping bag.  Also Pictured: Brew Day WhiskReview and TopTier BrewStand.

Blichmann G2 Kettle Hands on Review RiteBrew Oatmeal StoutThis is the grain bill of a partial mash Oatmeal Stout.

After using the G2 for a while, I can… wholeheartedly recommend it.  In true Blichmann fashion, it is a great piece of purpose designed brewing equipment from small thoughtful details to innovative new features (like the revolutionary Linear Flow Valve) to first quality materials and construction.  The Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 is a great homebrewing kettle!

The G2 line is available at a number of retailers including Great FermentationsMore Beer and Adventures in Homebrewing

Shopping Tip: Blichmann gear is price controlled.  You’re not going to see a lot of difference from retailer to retailer, other than shipping fees and taxes.  For this particular purchase, I went with Adventures in Homebrewing because they are currently offering free shipping and I received the equivalent of 5% back via their rewards program.  That offer also applies to the TopTier Stand (and any options you include on the TopTier page) and the Tower of Power – Check it out – Here

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Bayou Classic 44 Quart Stainless Kettle

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Bayou Classic 1044 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot Homebrewing

44 Quarts/11 Gallons, Stainless Steel Kettle + Lid from Bayou Classic.  These are made from 20 gauge high grade 18/8, 304 stainless steel.

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Bayou Classic 1044 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot

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Bayou Classic 44 Quart Stainless Kettle

Bayou Classic 1044 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot Homebrewing

44 Quarts/11 Gallons, Stainless Steel Kettle + Lid from Bayou Classic.  These are made from 20 gauge high grade 18/8, 304 stainless steel.

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Bayou Classic 1044 44-Quart Stainless-Steel Stockpot

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Today Only: 15 Gallon AMCYL Brew Kettle – $199.99 + Free Growler

AMCYL Kettles.. are made of 18 gauge 304 brushed stainless steel.  Include a 3 piece ball valve, tri-clad bottom, lid and silicone handles.  The inside has easy to read volume markings.  A top port is ready for a thermometer upgrade when you’re ready (available on the product page if you’re ready now).  These kettles are also induction capable.

As of this posting, this is marked down to $199.99.  This is for today, 5/6/17 only, while supplies last.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses. Price and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Bonus: Use promo code BIGBREW and you’ll also get a free stainless growler

AMCYL 15 Gal. Brew Kettle | AMCYL Brew Pot

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Thunder Group 40 Quart Aluminum Stock Pot

40 Quart/10 Gallon Aluminum Stock Pot by Thunder Group.  Riveted handles.  Commercial grade.  NSF approved.  Stock pot lid available sold separately. Item # ALSKSP107

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Thunder Group 40 Quart Aluminum Stock Pot

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