Bayou Classic 800-416 16 Gallon Stainless Steel 6 Piece Brew Kettle
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||12 x 15.55 x 19.5 inches|
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- Complete brew kit
- All stainless construction
- Tri-ply bottom
- False bottom, spigot and spigot screen.
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Bayou Classic 6-piece 16-Gallon Premium Brew Kettle
6-Piece Brew Kettle Kit
Bayou Classic 6-piece Brew Kettle comes equipped with an 8-gallon kettle, 3-inch stainless steel thermometer, 1/2-inch stainless ball valve, stainless false bottom screen, Stainless Tube-Shaped Filter Screen that attaches to inner spigot, and a heat shield to protect the seal on the spigot and thermometer.
11.8-inch False Bottom Screen
Bayou Classic 11.8-inch Stainless Domed False Bottom Screen is designed to prevent grains and particles from entering the spigot chamber. The screen sits 3.35-inches above the bottom of the pot. It has a convenient handle that allows you to easily remove screen from kettle.
9.7-inch Spigot Pot Filter Screen
The Bayou Classic spigot filter screen helps reduce grain and sediment in your homebrew. It has a stainless steel 1/2 inch MNPT fitting and is fitted with a fine screen to prevent grain from slipping through into your brew. The Filter screen is 9.7 Inch long and can be fitted to most pots with at least 12" diameter.
3-inch Brew Thermometer
The Bayou Classic Brew Thermometer side mounts to brew kettles and is standard home brew equipment. The Bayou Brew Thermometer indicates various brew stages from Boil to Chill, making your own Craft Beer a reality. Made from stainless construction and tempered glass 3-in. dial. Featuring bulkhead fittings, O-rings and two wrenches for easy attachment and water-tight seal. Stainless construction enables easier sterilization prior to brewing for serious home brewers.
Bayou Classic, Premium 16-gallon Brew Kettle, 6-pc set, is designed for the serious All-Grain Home Brewer. This premium stainless kettle features a tri-ply bottom and includes a domed lid, stainless Spigot with Ball Valve, side-mount 3-inch Brew Thermometer ranging 60-220 degrees, stainless False Bottom that sets 3.25 Inch above the bottom of the pot, and a tube shaped Filter Screen. Bulkhead fittings enable easy attachment of thermometer and spigot for a water-tight seal. Side calibration measuring in gallon and quart that read from the inside of the kettle, enabling more accurate water level setting. The try-ply bottom promotes even heating and fights against scorching, while the all stainless construction has no interaction with wort or acids. The narrow diameter and high side walls reduce the chance of boil overs; and the false bottom fits tightly on the low side indention to reduce particles and grain from entering the spigot chamber. Stainless Thermometer with 2 inches Stem.
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1) They're durable, and heavy-weight enough to serve my brewing purposes.
2) Despite the rather small amount of tape included in the kit, I haven't had any problems with leaks.
3) The built-in thermometers seem quite accurate.
4) I've used as much as 26 pounds of grain in a 10-batch session, and haven't had any of the problems others have reported with collapsing false bottoms.
5) The volume is marked every quarter gallon, which is really convenient.
1) There's a 2.5 gallon space beneath the false bottom. 1.5 gallons of this is recoverable (ie, above the spigot). But a full 1 gallon is not recoverable. There will always be 1 gallon of wasted wort at the end of lautering.
2) The thermometer is at the 5 gallon mark. That means that if there's less than 5 gallons of water in my hot liquor tank, any reading is inaccurate.
3) The thermometer cannot be calibrated. It's accurate now, but if that changes, I'll have no way of fixing it.
4) A surprising amount of grain gets past the false bottom before the grain bed is fixed. Some of this always comes out during lautering.
5) There's no place to hang the lid on the side of the kettle. I'm always search for some empty surface to put the lid.
These kettles do the job they were meant for, which earns them four stars. The full gallon of unrecoverable wort is a pretty big deal, and merits a lost star all by itself.
The false bottom collapsed on the first use (just 20 pounds of grain). I've contacted Bayou Classic via email and phone, and managed to get ahold of warranty spport at 800-864-6194. I've sent them an email with a photo, and my Amazon order information, and they're sending me a replacement.
I agree with second Nathan's observation on the quality of the stainless steel fittings. One of the couplings that were included couldn't be used with any of the 1/2 NPT stainless hardware that I have, *except* that which was included. I ended up using my own coupler. I would highly recommend getting a roll of *yellow* PTFE tape. It's double the thickness of normal white plumber's tape, and is safe to 500*F, and costs exactly the same.
I would highly recommend getting a dip tube with this kettle, given the height of the ball valve. I bought one for side pickup from BargainFittings, and it fits great.
I had a bit more trouble adjusting the dial thermometers. I bought two kettles, and adjusted both of their thermometers to match the reading on my Thermapen in lukewarm water. Both were off by 2-3*F by the time the water was boiling, and the thermometers had time to adjust. I would not trust the thermometers for mashing, so I bought a Taylor Digital Panel Mount Thermometer which I'll use to get a more accurate temperature reading.
Also, neither of the two false bottoms I received were perfectly flat. After a test brew, I'll see if the grains escape around the edges, or if the weight of the grain creates a good enough seal around the edge of the false bottom. Eye-balling it, it looks like it shouldn't be an issue.
The handle of the false bottom is a little too wide over the plate. It is hard to lay down because it's pushing out of the edge of the false bottom.
The big concern is that when I use a napkin to wipe the surface after first use, the black stuff come off. I was wondering what it is. After search the web and find out it's metal polish. There are many kinds of metal polish. Many of them are poisonous. For example commonly sued polishes in China contains stearic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, rosin and other adhesives plus abrasives such as feldspar powder, chrome oxide, corundum, etc.
Strongly suggest you do a thorough cleaning before use. It's very hard to get the polish away. Regular detergent won’t work .
Although I don't use the false bottom for mashing, it works fantastic as a sparge dispenser/distributor. It fits perfectly into the top of my 10-gallon igloo cooler mash tun, and helps keep in some of the heat and keep out some of the bugs in the summertime.
I would give this 5 stars, except for the hop screen was inefficient to use (as would be the false bottom if you tried to mash in it), and I nearly hurt myself trying to loosen the ball valve for the first time.
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2 minutes with a dremel tool or round file to open the holes up will fix the issue that others have reported with leaks and not sealing.