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Choosing The Right Brew Kettle Can Make All The Difference

November 02, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 95

Great beer relies on a few key elements, not the least of which is the brew kettle you choose to use. In fact, a quality brew pot can make the difference between a beer that hits all the right notes and one that doesn't seem quite right. When choosing a brew kettle, there are a few things you should know.

Brew pots are to be used for beer only.

While you can always buy and use a basic 16 quart kettle for your first few batches of beer and retire it to the kitchen for other uses when you upgrade, it's important to make sure your brew kettle isn't used for other purposes either before or between brewing beer. It's all too easy for a steel or aluminum pot to absolutely ruin your brew when you've cooked something in it other than wort. While the pot may look and even smell clean, it can still transfer the smells and tastes of the things that have been cooked in it. Don't take the chance of wasting your time on a brew that will end up tasting even mildly of spaghetti sauce, or worse, crab, lobster or crawfish. Use your brew kettle first and only for beer.

Bigger is always better.

Blichmann, the top name in brewing equipment, suggests using a brew kettle that is twice the size of the finished batch. Not only will this prevent troublesome and potentially dangerous boil overs, but it allows you to do a full wort boil and lets you know exactly how close you are to your target gravity. By the time your brew reaches the bottle, it's very likely decreased in volume. Between the processes of boiling, cooling and transferring the brew from the kettle to the fermenter and again into bottles, it's only wise to expect some loss. So, if ou want to make 10 gallon batches, look at 20 gallon brew pots and so on. The larger size will make brewing easier and help to prevent accidents.

And finally: Go with steel.

Aluminum is less expensive but this is one of those times when you get what you pay for. A stainless steel brew kettle like Blichmann's Boilermaker is your best bet. This kettle is made of tough stainless steel with a built in thermometer, and sturdy handles. It even includes a snap in dip tube to make transferring your wort even easier and safer. When it comes to brew kettles, this one is a beauty.

Whatever recipe you're using, you want it to be the best that it can be and with the right kettle you can boil, cool and transfer your wort safely and easily and when you choose a quality brew kettle like Blichmann's Boilermaker, you'll know you can feel safe in the knowledge that you're doing everything you can to protect your brew from mishaps and ensure that it will bring out the best in the ingredients you choose to use. The right brew kettle makes all the difference.

The author of this article, Peter Waterman, writes on his website about his greatest hobby, making his own beer. Read his articles about beer brewing kettles like the Boilermaker Brew Pot.

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