15 gal Marked Pot with one weld
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Haven’t got a chance to use it yet but plan on brewing here in a week or two
I’ve bought several of these style pots (4 of the 10 gal, 2 of the 15 gal) over time so knew what to expect. They are very thin, but in my experience, if a multi-port, banjo style burner is used, that spreads out the flame, there is negligible scorching - no brown or black, just a bit of shadow that wipes out with a sponge where the pot touches the burner stand. If using a blow-torch style burner, they will scorch, but so will my thicker pots, though less so. They come with an impressive mirror polish that scratches like butter and after enough heat/cool cycles the grind marks on the vertical can weld are all clearly visible, but the surface remains smooth to the touch and mechanically sound. Probably the worst complaint on the most recent pots is that there is a heavy bead weld that attaches the handle to the pot which apparently over-stresses the very thin metal. They very reliably develop a surface crack inside the pot along the weld line upon heat/cool cycling. It’s only in the surface, not all the way through. Mechanically the pot and handles appear to remain sound. The earlier pots (10 gal anyway) had handles attached with a series of very small spot welds that apparently produced much less stress - no cracks after many cycles. Have never lost a handle, though have never lifted more than about 9 gallons. Anyway all that said, its tough to get that much SS pot volume for that price without some compromises. It fit my needs well enough to repeat buy.
I have bought the two-port version of this pot when it was on sale in 2019 to build an All-in-one electric brew-in-a-basket system. Pot has been amazing but my basket really limited my mash size. When this one went on sale I grabbed it quickly to make it into a dedicated mash tun. I now have a 15 gallon (5500w) electric pot and 15-gallon mash tun. I also use a rewired robobrew as an HLT and the stainless immersion coil that came with it as a herms coil. The pots are good quality and reliable. I wrapped them in reflectix to hold better temps/boils but otherwise I couldn't ask for more.
For the price this kettle is a great way to get into BIB double batches.
After brewing since 2007, I decided to do bigger batches and needed a 15 gallon pot. This serves the purpose really well, and seems very similar to the 10 gallon pot I bought from AIH ten years ago. I expect it to last the remainder of my brewing days! I've used it once, and was not disappointed!