We’ve been using the PolarWare 40 quart brewpot for the last few beers we’ve brewed here at the trailer, and for the most part are quite happy with it. The temperature probe and the ball-lock valve really make brewing with and draining the pot quite easy. We are able to easily monitor the temperature and overall find this to be a really nice investment. Solid, thick , heavy-duty stainless steel nicely welded fittings, overall I’m really happy. The only caveat I have is it’s pretty clear the false bottom is absolutely necessary if you want to use this kettle.
For the most part we’ve been brewing partial-mash extract kits and I’ve found that the dust and small loose grains that escape the muslin bags are clogging the ball-lock valve when we attempt to drain the kettle. I’m hopeful that once we get the false bottom on hand (within a few weeks) this probably will go away. For the mean time we’re siphoning directly from the cooled wort, as it’s much simpler than dealing with a blocked valve.
For a little love, here’s a pic (blatently stolen from the Polarware website) of the kettle we’ve been using.
You can find this kettle at nearly any of the homebrew shops in our links section.