What’s the best size kettle for homebrewing? Well, that depends on a few factors. Usually, for homebrewing, you want your brew kettle to be at least 50% bigger than your final volume in the fermenter. So, for 5-gallon batches, a 7-10 gallon brew kettle is a great bet. For 10-gallon batches, you’re going to want a 15-gallon brew kettle.
Selecting the best brew kettle to meet your needs isn’t an easy decision. Check out our comprehensive article covering the pros and cons of all types of brew kettle features here. If you’re looking for electric brewing, we’ve rounded up the best electric kettles, too.
We think the Ss Brew Kettle by Ss Brewtech is the best 15-gallon brew kettle for homebrewers. When you’re brewing that much beer, you want to make sure you have the highest quality equipment. The Ss Brew Kettle won’t let you down. Amazing features and high-quality construction will make your brew day a breeze, time and again. And with such a beautiful and sleek design, you’ll look great doing it!
This kettle is made from quality 304 stainless steel and can last you a lifetime of home brewing. It has an aluminum core Tri-Clad bottom to minimize the risk of scorching and allow the use of induction heating.
For a very high-end, professional-style kettle, Ss Brewtech offers top quality and functionality with the Ss Brew kettle. This is the best 15-gallon kettle on the market right now.
It’s made from 304 stainless steel with an aluminum core tri-clad bottom. That means even heating throughout the whole volume of wort. You also don’t have to worry about the risk of scorched wort.
The Ss Brew Kettle has 2 tri-clamp (TC) ports. One with an included 3-piece ball valve with a trub dam pick-up tube. What to do with the other port is up to the brewer. You can add an optional whirlpool arm, thermometer, or even an electric element.
The tri-clamp ports are super useful, especially when brewing big volumes. They seal tight, they’re quick to install and remove, and super easy to clean.
We love the Ss Brew Kettle. It’s really hard to beat, considering the medium price point, exceptional build quality, and range of features.
Diameter x Height (in)
|Ss Brew Kettle|
Amazing features, high quality build, great design.
15.8″ x 18.9″
Best budget kettle
15.7″ x 18.3″
Edelmetall Brü Premium Brew Kettle
|Great mid-priced option|
Amazing features for mid-priced kettle
Blichmann BoilerMaker G2 15-Gallon Brew Kettle
|Best higher budget kettle||American made. Blichmann Engineering quality.|
16” x 18.25”
Spike 15 Gallon Stainless Brew Kettle – V4
Sturdiest build quality
Amazing built quality and range of features
Slightly higher price point
15.8” x 19.4”
Anvil Brew Kettle – 15 Gallon
Great price/quality ratio
Sturdy and functional
|Simple design (but not a bad thing)|
16″ x 19″
The MegaPot 1.2 is not only a workhorse, but a well-thought-out and praise-worthy brew day essential trusted by countless homebrewers.
If you’re looking for a solid, affordable, and functional kettle, the MegaPot 1.2 is a great bet. It’s designed specifically for homebrewing. Fully stainless, 1mm thick walls will last you many, many brews. A 4mm thick tri-clad bottom provides great heat distribution to prevent scorching of your wort.
The kettle has an optional false bottom and thermometer, perfect for using it for BIAB. Volume markings on the inside are a nice touch as well. Inside the kettle, a pickup tube connects to the outlet valve helping get every last drop of wort out of the kettle.
All in all, the MegaPot 1.2 is a great brew kettle. Nothing fancy, but just a workhouse with enough features to keep intermediate to veteran brewers happy.
The Edelmetall Kettle has some of the most unique, fun, and interesting features on this list. For a big kettle, it has great options at a relatively affordable price.
It’s constructed from 304 stainless steel with a 4mm tri-clad bottom. Great heat distribution and built for longevity.
The tangential whirlpool arm can be connected to a pump for an extremely effective whirlpool. That benefits both hop flavor extraction as well as settling the cold break for clearer beer. There’s also a fully-rotating snap-in dip-tube accessory that draws down to within 1/8″ from the bottom of the kettle. This combination of whirlpool and rotating dip tube means only the clearest wort makes it into the fermenter.
We really like the Edelmetall for its unique features, quality, and reasonable price point.
The BoilerMaker™ G2 15 Gallon Brew Pot is packed with more incredible features than you can even imagine, including cool touch custom molded grips, a durable, easy-to-read sight gauge, snap-in drain tube, and the informative BrewMometer™ thermometer.
If you’re willing to spend a bit of money, you can’t go wrong with Blichmann’s expertly engineered homebrewing solutions.
The BoilerMaker G2 is American-made, built like a tank, and a real treat to use. A thick-walled 304 stainless construction, with high-quality fittings and welds, means this kettle will last a lifetime. It features a borosilicate glass external sight gauge that gives you accurate volume markings. A built-in thermometer also means it’s ready to go for BIAB.
Of all of Blichmann’s products, their BoilerMaker series of kettles are some of their finest. You won’t be disappointed with this kettle.
Spike is another top-class homebrewing-specific company offering a range of higher-end equipment. The Spike 15 Gallon Brew Kettle is a really fantastic product.
Spike uses a stepped bottom design in their kettles. Basically, a lower center section of the kettle allows trub and hop matter to settle after chilling. Drained from the side dip tube, you’ll end up with much clearer wort in the fermenter. Especially great since you won’t want to be lifting a 15-gallon kettle to drain out wort.
You can choose between either a “horizontal” or “vertical” coupler configuration:
- Vertical configuration is the standard homebrew kettle setup. The thermometer coupler is directly above the valve.
- With the horizontal version, the thermometer port is at the same level as the valve port. That means that the thermometer will always be in contact with liquid, no matter how much volume is in the pot. This is a nice feature if you plan to brew smaller batches in your 15 gallon kettle.
The Spike kettle is built like a tank with 1.2mm thick walls and a 5mm tri-clad bottom. All in 304 stainless steel. On top of that, all of the fittings are weldless. You don’t have to worry about leaks from typical weldless fittings, which really eases the mind when you’re brewing large batches.
Anvil makes a solid brew kettle for a reasonable price. Made from 18 gauge, 304 stainless steel, these kettles come standard with a thermometer and 1/2 inch NPT ball valve. The valve includes a dip tube that reaches down to within 3/8 inches of the bottom of the kettle.
For a homebrew-specific kettle, the Anvil is relatively no-frills. It’s just a well-made, stainless kettle that will last you a lifetime. If you’re looking for a functional, economical kettle that can be used for BIAB, a boil kettle, or a HLT, the Anvil kettle is a very solid option.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re a serious homebrewer looking to take your brewing to the next level. Bigger batches mean that people are really starting to like your beer! To make sure the quality of your brews continues to progress, opt for a well-made, feature-rich 15-gallon kettle.
All of the kettles on this list were selected because of their great functionality and quality. The very best – if you have the budget – is the Ss Brew Kettle. At this size, you just can’t beat the design, features, and build quality. For a more budget-friendly option, the 15 Gallon MegaPot 1.2 Brew Kettle is a seriously great piece of hardware.
Let us know what you pick, or if you have a favorite dark horse brew kettle option!