Review: Bayou Classic 16 Gallon Stainless pot with Spigot & Vented Lid
The Bayou Classic 16 gallon stainless pot is a nice big pot on a budget. This version comes with the pot, lid, and spigot. I’ve brewed 8 batches on it so far without dents or scratches. I have experienced some scorching of the metal but with no effect on my brews. Honestly, my very first brew was way too hot! The included heat shield gets burnt pretty good but keeps the spigot safe.
The pot is real stainless steel at a reasonable thickness. A drop from the kitchen table onto laminate and the occasional bump hasn’t caused any dents. I haven’t had any problems with scratching even with my boat paddle. Treat it well and it won’t dent. A quick cleaning with Star San and Oxiclean haven’t harmed the steel at all. On one of my lazy cleanup days, I even left water sitting in it for a week without rust issues. That’s really nice considering how many “stainless” items I’ve had rust in the sink after just a few hours.
The lid and spigot work as expected. The lid has a tiny hole for ventilation that isn’t quite big enough to squeeze a thermometer in when the lid is on. Your lid should fit perfectly fine unless your pot got bent during shipping. The lid will sit cockeyed without falling when you have a paddle or wort chiller in the pot. I’ve been able to lift the lid by the handle with no need for a glove. The spigot is a weld-less fitting with gaskets. I did have leaking on the first brew but it was very minimal and hasn’t happened since. You will want to buy something like this, hose barb, to attach a hose to. Trust me hardware stores don’t seem to carry any stainless fittings. The pot will have to be tipped if you want the last gallon of wort.
The Bayou Classic 16 gallon stainless stockpot has measurement marks stamped into the sidewall. The pot holds 16 gallons but only has marks up to 14. It’s not really an issue though as I don’t know why you would fill the pot all the way to the top.
Overall I would buy this stockpot again. It has served me well on both my extract and BIAB, brew in a bag, brews. My one caveat is that I should have bought the package that came with a false bottom. It is expensive on its own and would have helped me down the road. In a pinch, a stainless colander works well enough for keeping your BIAB bag off the bottom.
- Cheaper than comparably sized stockpots
- Spigot hole already drilled and included
- Stainless steel
- Measurement marks
- Good handles
- The lid doesn’t get hot
- Really Big
- Really Big – This is actually a con if you have limited storage space. You can safely store many brew items in it though.
- Not as thick as more expensive pots
- No false bottom included with this package / expensive on own
- Spigot doesn’t include an attachment for tubing