From the HBD Archive
From: polstra!jdp@hplabs.HP.COM (John Polstra)
Subject: Stainless Steel Kettles
Date: 1989-12-21 19:39:27 GMT

With all the discussion about where to find reasonably-priced stainless
steel kettles, I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Rapids yet. The
following is taken from page 134 of their 1989 catalog:

STAINLESS STEEL STOCK POTS
Ideal for all types of cooking and storage. Heavy guage stainless
steel. Flat covers permit stacking.

Quarts Pot Lid
------ --- ---
20 $59.00 $14.75
24 $60.00 $18.00
40 $80.00 $21.25

To contact them:

Rapids, Inc.
1011 2nd Ave. SW
P.O. Box 396
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

(800) 553-7906 (You can phone and they'll mail you a catalog.)

I've never seen these pots and so I cannot comment on their quality.

One other thing: If you think you'll ever be making all-grain brews,
a 5- or 6-gallon kettle is not really going to be large enough. You
ought to go ahead and spring for one that's plenty big. The incremental
cost isn't that much. My kettle is 40-quart (10 gallon), and it is not
too big in any sense. I.e., I am still fully capable of getting it to
boil over all too often :-(. Remember, for a 5-gallon batch of beer you
are going to be starting the boil with 6.5 to 7 gallons of wort.

- John Polstra jdp@polstra.UUCP
Polstra & Co., Inc. ...{uunet,sun}!practic!polstra!jdp
Seattle, WA (206) 932-6482

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