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I am so thankful for this kettle. For 5 gallon batches, the 10 gallon size is perfect, providing a lot of headspace for pre-boil wort volumes, even with a foamy wort. The sight-glass is extremely useful, I use it at least five or six times during an all-grain mash and boil for critical measurements that I'd otherwise be estimating. I bought the false-bottom for this kettle and use it both for mashing and boiling, which saved me quite a bit of money on a mash tun and offset the increased cost for this kettle.
One complaint about this kettle is the brewmometer. I have found it to be very unreliable, even after calibration with boiling water. During a mash, I use a mercury thermometer because I don't trust the brewmometer at all.
My only regret is not investing a little more money for a 20G kettle, as I am quickly finding a desire to brew bigger batches, but the 10G just isn't big enough, and I don't want to repeat the investment in a second kettle yet.
Pros - This is a great durable product that I believe will last me a number of years. The product looks great and completed the job at hand. The internal thermometer and the sight glass are great.
Cons- I was not aware that this product was shipped with a heat shield. You have to place the heat shield between the burner and the pot in order to protect the drainage spout and the thermometer.
Overall- I would highly recommend this product.
This is a very good pot. I would recomend it. I would give it 5 star's but I have one minor issue with the pot, the Temp. prob is a bit high so you cannot get temp readings under 3 gallons.
Pros: This brew pot gets looks. 1st time I used it was at a big brewfest and it was the center of attention. Love the site glass and very easy to clean. The adjustable thermo is very nice...didn't spend the cash on my keggle for the adjustable version though.
Cons: Wish the ball valve could attached to a welded nipple. I don't like the weldless design. Sometimes it leaks if it's not tightened just perfect (not enough or too much.
Overall: It's a super nice kettle but expensive.I plan on buying a 20 gal BM so i can do 10 gallon batches w/o issues. It should allow me to switch back and forth between 5 and 10 gal batches with using my 10 gal. I do wish the bottom was not welded and it was 1 piece. You will be happy with this and it will catch the eyes of others.
Pros: I love that they made the handle on the top of the pot big enough so it can hang on the side handles when you take it off. The ability to turn the thermometer any direction is cool, but boiling is boiling. I guess the thermometer is for people who use it as a mash tun (a darn expensive mash tun). Sized perfectly for 5 gal batches, even if 90 minute boils are required. Cons: Why the warning about "Do not lift or move the pot when full"? You telling me that Blichmann put all these bells & whistles on this product, stamped it with a $300+ price tag, and couldn't figure out how to make a bomb-proof set of handles? Side note on this: the handles shown in the Williams Brewing photo are not the ones my pot showed up with. On mine, the handle is welded to a plate which is then bolted to the pot, not bolted to the pot directly on each side as shown.
Another thing, the circular ring that holds the dip tube to the bulkhead fitting has the hex bolt oriented down, so it's very difficult to see where the bolt is and how to orient the wrench to loosen the bolt.