I’ve been a home brewer for the past 8 years.  I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to jump in with a friend who has some amazing equipment: 26 gallon kettles, all grain, tri clamp fittings, 2 march pumps, and a plate chiller.  While this has been a fun and exciting hobby for me, there have been a few drawbacks:  1) not being able to brew when I want to brew, and 2) not always being able to brew what I want to brew.  That’s about to change.Bru-Gear 15-Gallon

I just purchased a 15-gallon brew kettle from Bru-Gear.  It will be the foundation of my own personal home brewery.  For the next 12-18 months, I’ll be reverting to extract brewing, but it will give me the opportunity to learn more about brewing, particularly about hops and yeast.  I plan to eventually build this up to be a 2-tier HERMS system (with a brew stand something like this), but that will take a bit more time to save up the cash to buy the rest of my equipment.

Why this Bru-Gear kettle, and not something from MegaPot, Spike Brewing, or Blichmann?  Those are all very nice kettles.  But after doing my research I’ve come to the conclusion that the Bru-Gear is the best value on the market for these kettles.  Some nice features:

  • Tri Clamp fittings for improved sanitation and easier cleaning
  • Ball valve and thermometer were included in the price
  • Measurement markings on the inside of the kettle (no need for a sight glass)
  • Handles are offset front-to-back, meaning less space will be needed when I have 3 next to one another
  • The lid rests comfortably on the back handle (just a nice convenience feature)

The kettle will arrive on Friday, and I’ll be posting a review of the unit as I give it a quick ‘dry-run’ to ensure no leaks from the exit valve and thermometer.

My friend Brent will be loaning me his counter-flow wort chiller, which I’ll be using in a gravity-feed setup for the chilling phase.  But, I’ll need to get all of my hoses and connectors before I can dive into my first (truly) home brew.  More to follow…