I was recently looking to get my hands on a new kettle and for the first time in a very long time I knew which product I wanted to try out without needing to spend a lot of time deep in research. Having previously purchased a SS Brew tech Brew Bucket and being really happy with the product, I knew where I needed to go. The only detail I had to really think about was the size of kettle I wanted.
The SS Brewtech kettles come in a variety of sizes (5.5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 50 gallons) & all of the different sizes are compatible with induction burners. I decided to buy a 15 gallon kettle to allow for a variety of different batch sizes for $240/ £185.
It’s always encouraging when you open up a brewing kettle and you’re welcomed with a heavy, solid stainless steel product along side a well thought out design and functionality.
“A quality 304 Stainless Brew Kettle can last a lifetime of home brewing. The Ss Brew Kettle is constructed from 304 stainless steel, and features an aluminum core Tri-Clad bottom to foster even heating and minimize the risk of scorching.”
My regular batches are somewhere around 5 gallons and the position of the pre-drilled hole for the thermometer is well positioned to allow for smaller batches. Having the extra space in the kettle gives me the option to maybe increase my batch sizes further down the road.
The silicon handles are really helpful especially in a home-brew setting. I’m constantly having to move the kettle throughout the brew day and knowing I can rely on the durability of the handles but also knowing there’s no risk of burning is probably one of the best features about this kettle compared to other options on the market.
As I mentioned above, the handles are very reliable but they also have a second purpose. The handles on the side of the kettle and the top of the lid have been designed so that you can rest the lid on the handles which solves that never ending problem of knowing where to put the lid during a brew day.
Just like every kettle/fermenter etc from SS Brewtech, the kettle has etched volume markings on the inside of the kettle in both gallons and litres which is very useful if you’re brewing using a BIAB.
I really like the addition of the trub dam into the dip tube to minimize the pickup of trub and hop material during knockout which ultimately results in a much cleaner beer.
At the end of the day, a brew kettle doesn’t have to be too complex. Whilst you could go and pick up a cheap brew kettle that’ll do the job, there’s something to be said about being able to pick up a very sturdy piece of brewing equipment that enhances your brew day and ultimately your beer. When you consider the quality of the product, it’s hard to imagine finding a better kettle for the same price.
*Images courtesy of SS Brew Tech
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