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8 Gal. MegaPot 1.2™ Brew Kettle


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The MegaPot 1.2™ is not only a workhorse, but a well thought-out and praise-worthy brewday essential trusted by countless homebrewers. No details were missed on this stainless steel kettle customizable to suit your exact needs.

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The 8-gallon MegaPot 1.2™ is ideal for performing a full wort boil on any 5 gallon batch. A full boil helps to improve hop utilization and avoid caramelizing the malt extract. This homebrew kettle is a great upgrade for any extract brewer, but will work for 5 gallon All-Grain boils as well. While it can work as an All-Grain mash tun using the Universal False Bottom, the smaller size will limit your grain bill to lower gravity beers.

Ideal for: boiling no more than 5-6 gallons of wort. Smaller partial mash or Brew-In-A-Bag systems.

If you are adding the Titan™ False Bottom, use the optional IsoFlow™ 3/8" Hose Barb to connect it to the bulkhead using some 3/8" high-temp tubing.

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8 Gal MegaPot 1.2™ w/ ball valve and thermometer

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The 8-gallon MegaPot 1.2™ is ideal for performing a full wort boil on any 5 gallon batch. A full boil helps to improve hop utilization and avoid caramelizing the malt extract. This is a great upgrade for any extract brewer, but will work as a boil kettle for 5 gallon All-Grain batches as well. While it can work as an All-Grain mash tun using the Universal False Bottom, the smaller size will limit your grain bill to lower gravity beers.

Ideal for: boiling no more than 5-6 gallons of wort. Smaller partial mash or Brew-In-A-Bag systems.

If you are adding the Titan™ False Bottom, use the optional IsoFlow™ 3/8" Hose Barb to connect it to the bulkhead using some 3/8" high-temp tubing.

A breakthrough in the world of high quality kettles! MegaPot 1.2™ is a masterpiece, not just another steel pot. Every detail has been thought through to enhance the homebrewing experience. Crafted of stainless steel for ease of cleaning. Stay cool silicone handles on the kettle and lid serve to limit scorching! The handles are riveted in place to aid in lifting a hot liquid-filled pot. No weld failures here! A polished stainless steel band surrounds the upper rim, reinforcing rigidity of the pot while adding a little bling. And that's not all. We've added the feature that every brewer wants in a kettle - graduated volume markers inside the kettle - one at each gallon. No more need for a sight glass! The heart of the kettle is a 4mm thick Tri-Clad bottom- made specifically for even heat distribution. The 1.2 proportion of MegaPot has been scientifically designed to promote a vigorous boil and reduce off-flavors. And last of all, the MegaPot 1.2 logo is stamped on every kettle. When you have the best, show it off!

8 gallons (32 quarts / 30.2 liters)
Diameter by Height: 12.6" x 15.4"
Metric Internal Diameter by Height: 32 cm x 38 cm
Wall Thickness: 0.8mm
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4.4 / 5.0
61 Reviews
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Good Pot
This is a very good brew pot. I haven't had a boil over with it yet. Very good size. You can throw a lot of heat to the triclad bottom without danger of scorching. Heats up quickly. The only problem I see is that most extract kits that I use recommend using 2.5 gal of water to steep the grains and it takes 3.5 gal to get the water level up to the thermometer. It doesn't seem to be a big problem starting with more water.
May 28, 2015
I should have gotten one of these years ago!
Acquiring a pot that will allow me to boil a full 5+ gallon batch is something I should have done years ago! You definitely need the spigot on the bottom, because when full this pot would be dangerous to lift due to the weight. I did not get the thermometer because I already have the Thermostar thermometer with the 12" probe (also a terrific product!) and it works fine to monitor the temperature.
January 9, 2016
excellent brew kettle
My partner and I are extract brewers at this time. Bought this kettle in the summer of 2014 after our first brew. Ours has the ball valve and the temperature probe. I have no experience with another vessle other than a soup kettle of 3 gallon capacity from our kitchen that we used for our first kit brew. We have used the MegaPot exclusively since then. This MegaPot has performed well for us for 5 gallon batches after 35 brews now. I like the reinforced rim, very stiff, does not distort out of shape when lifting with 5 gallons of wort in it. The handles are very securely attached, no sign of lossening. The temp probe and ball valve do flex after installation, I suppose because of rubber gaskets. We were careful not to overtighten these accessories so as not to ruin the gaskets. There is an occasional drip from these which we then retighten gently, no big deal. We hunted around for appropriate brushes for cleaning the ball valve and hose fitting after each brew. We use an immersion chiller in our operation and the chiller has to be finagled some past the temp probe to get it immersed properly. It is in our plan to go to all-grain in the future and our hope is this kettle will be a part of that. All things considered, this is an excellent brew ketle for extract brewing.
May 29, 2015
Great boil kettle
I bought the 8 Gal. MegaPot 1.2 with Thermometer and Ball Valve to replace my old boil kettle. The quality of this solid pot is top notch. I installed the thermometer and ball valve according to the directions, tested with water and had a tiny leak around the ball valve. Another small twist of the coupling and the leak was gone. The lid fits perfectly, and the coated handles on the lid and pot are a welcome addition. The pot cleans easily. All-in-all, have done two extract and one full grain boil in the pot and it has performed extremely well.Two issues around interaction with other parts of my system. I love the Edelmetall Bru Burner, but the adjustable support flanges on the top of the burner are still too large for this pot when adjusted to their smallest extent. The result is that the kettle is a little less stable than I would like when placed on the burner. I will probably try to modify or replace the burner flanges. Because of the tall shape of the kettle, the second issue is that my Standard Chiller is too short for the tall wall of this kettle. Another review mentioned the issue about having to tilt the chiller to get it under the thermometer - that works, but the hoses are then kinked against the wall of the kettle. Maybe I should try to bend the ends of the chiller to a more vertical position. In retrospect, the 10 Gal version might have been a better purchase.
May 28, 2015
The front valve makes moving the wort extremely easy. All around just a good sturdy pot
May 28, 2015
Pefect for the fledgling brewer
I purchased the 8 gal MegaPot to get a better handle on brewing 5 gallon batches. Since I am not quit ready for all-grain brewing, this pot works perfectly for beginner and intermediate partial mash kits. My only regret was that I didn't order the MegaPot with the Brewometer installed; this was installed later however.The pot brings water to a rolling boil very efficently and then keeps a boil with little heat from the burner. When I am all done, the pot cleans up nicely and is quickly ready for the next brew. Next to the Blichmann Floor Burner, the 8 gal MegaPot was the perfect compliment to my homebrewing journey.Things that aren't so great about it: Nothing to report here. It's a great product!
May 28, 2015
Mega handy; mega quality
This kettle is really nice to use although I added the "spigot" which I really don't use since I submerge the kettle into the sink to cool it rather than using a wort chiller. The handles make it possible to simply pick it up without using hot pads and the construction is overall flawless.
May 29, 2015
It is an amazing pot
It is an amazing pot with enough room for everything I do. Very even heating. If you are going to buy this pot I recommend getting it with the thermometer built in, I did not and really wish that I did.
May 29, 2016
Great addition
Simply put, I love this brew kettle. Even though I do 5 gallon batches the extra room helps avoid boil overs and we all know how messy that can be. The temperature gauge is a great feature that I find very useful, especially with the steeping process. I would buy this pot again, hands down.
May 29, 2015
Awesome Pot....
I have used this product to brew as well as other cooking adventures. Pot came well packages and in perfect condition. Great pot I must say... construction is super good. Nice heavy construction that will last a lifetime. Holds heat very well. Pay the few extra bucks and get one of these... I have already purchased more than one.
May 28, 2015
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Are there any parts that come in contact with the wort that are not stainless steel?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm not complete sure but I think all is stailess steel.
I used it about 6 times and have not problem with, just a little leak in the temperature gaige seal.
If I order with the ball valve option only, can the thermometer be added later?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you want to purchase the kettle with just the Ball Valve, and get the thermometer later. The thing is is the kettle will need another hole drilled into the kettle to put the thermometer. The holes in the Megapot 1.2 are 7/8". Cheers!
I own this pot and love it. I recently moved in to a small apartment and the microwave and hood over the stove burner does not give me enough room to use this pot. Plus the burners are too small to maintain a good and steady boil. I have been researching different countertop induction burners. I have seen many videos of other brewers using the pot on these. Does anyone know or can anyone recommend the best choice of burners to purchase?
Jay H on Mar 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I faced a similar issue and purchased an Avantco 240 volt induction burner. For its power rating it is by far the most affordable option. I am able to bring 6.5 gallons of water (in the MegaPot) to a full boil in roughly the same time as my old propane burner. It also offers more precise temperature control than an outdoor burner. I am not sure how well the 120 volt version would work but it is probably an option if you are doing smaller boils.
Anyone ever use it to finnish maple syrup?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have only used it for hot water.
I am having a problem getting my tubing over the release valve. The tubing sent was too small, it would fit inside the spout, but not the outside. I went and purchased some 1/2" outer diameter which is 3/8" inner diameter which is also too small.
ChemGuy50 on Aug 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The barbed fitting included with the Megapot fo the outside of the kettle is 1/2" NPT and works best with 1/2" inside diameter tubing. If you have a false bottom for the kettle, they usually have a 3/8" NPT barb and 3/8" inner diameter tubing works best for that.
Does this come with a false bottom?
R I on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This kettle does not come with a false bottom, the false bottom must be purchased separately. Along with thermoplastic tubing, and an Isoflow hose barb to make it functional.

- http://www.northernbrewer.com/universal-false-bottom

- http://www.northernbrewer.com/isoflow-bulkhead-false-bottom-barb-3-8

- http://www.northernbrewer.com/3-8-id-thermoplastic-tubing

I hope that this helps!
I just received my Mega pot and I am having trouble getting the dip tube into the bulkhead, it seems like the dip tube is too large for the opening in the bulkhead. Any suggestions?
David C on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello David,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! One good option, would be to put the dip tube in the freezer, and the bulkhead in warm/hot water for a couple of hours. This helps to ease the tolerance between the bulk head/diptube. I have never had a case where this didn't work, but if not, we will get you taken care of! Let me know if you have any further questions!
Brewed my first batch with this kettle. Worked out great overall. Best kettle I have used thus far. Had one slight problem when inserting and testing the ball valve and thermometer. I had some leaking from both inserts even after tightly screwing on the stock nuts, washers, and o-rings. I followed the provided directions easily enough. I got the leaking to stop during boiling and was minimal during immersion chilling. Just wondering if anyone has had this problem and might have a quick solution. Thanks!
J O on Feb 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did not have this problem. However, tighter is not always better in this situation. What I did was teflon tape all the threads for everything. Then I just hand tightened the ball valve and thermometer with the provided o-rings and nuts. I made sure the o-rings were against the pot on the inside and the outside. Once I hand tightened the screws it held water great. Sometimes if you over tighten the o-ring it can spread it too thin and cause liquid to flow around it.

But overall, no, I did not have this happen to me.

Hope this helps
Does the ball valve come with a hose barb connection on it?
W E on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this has a 1/2" hose barb on the ball-valve.
I've read this kettle can be used with an induction cook top, due to it being magnitized, Is this true? Thanks so much!
I A on Nov 17, 2015

This is true

the Megapot us induction compatible!
Can this kettle configured with the ball valve and thermometer be immersed into a sink filler with water and ice for wort cooling? Or, do you recommend using an immersion chiller? I'm thinking the thermometer may not be waterproof.
Peter M on Oct 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would not risk immersing the thermometer in an ice bath. An immersion chiller is a sound investment for the long haul. Then you can use the thermometer on your new Mega-Pot to see when you hit the correct temp for pitching your yeast.
Will the 9 inch titan false bottom from the 7 gallon fermenters favorite cooler work for the 8 gallon megapot?
william b on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 11.5 is the right size for this kettle
Where is the MegaPot made? Is the thermometer adjustable on the exterior so that it can tilt up? How high up is the thermometer on the inside of the pot (or how much wort is necessary to cover the thermometer prob)?
Ford S on Jul 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did not purchase the pot with the thermometer option. Mine came with the threaded bushing for a valve located 1.5 inches above the bottom of the pot.
Does it come with a universal false bottom?
R I on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It does not come standard. It is an additional accessory.
Is the bottom completely flat? I have a ceramic, flat stovetop?
Bruce D on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is completely flat, should work great. It's about 12" in diameter by the way. Good solid pot.
Can I boil 7 gal? I brew 6 gal batches and it calls for using 7 gal for boil.
R I on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can boil 7 gallons in this kettle. Just be sure to watch out for boil overs at the beginning of the boil. I hope that this helps!
How permanent are the measuring gal marks in the kettle? Is the valve welded?
R I on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The gallon marks are etched into the metal, so they should be quite permanent. The valve is not welded in - it attaches with a nut and o-ring, but is sturdy and leak-free.
Does it come with a warranty?
R I on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Never actually inquired or thought about a warranty. I did find the valve and parts went together well without issue. I used a couple pliers to tighten threads prior to hand installing into the pot.
What is the average boil off rate for a 60 minute boil? Could do it myself, but figured I'd ask here first!
John H on May 4, 2016

Thank you for your question. Average boil off is usually about 1 gallon an hour.

What is the height of the 8 gallon Megapot from bottom of pot to top of lid handle. I have 15.5" from stove top to bottom of microwave oven...
H A on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: the pot is 15.5" in height.
However the handle on the lid makes it 18".

get the Edelmetall Br_ Burner, with leg extensions.
Worth every penny and no black on the bottom of pot
Is this able to be used with induction heating?
B Y on Mar 1, 2016

This pot is able to be used on induction cook tops.

What diameter hose do I need to get to fit the ball valve?
D A on Feb 13, 2016

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! You will need 1/2" ID hose to fit on the barb on the ball valve. I hope that this helps, let me know if you have any further questions!
I have an immersion chiller which is 11.4 inches diameter, (25' long 1/2'' OD). Will I be able to use it with this pot? looks like 12.6'' diameter leaves very little room for my chiller. I assume it can be done without the thermometer but can my chiller fit with the thermometer?
H A on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would skip the thermometer then. Its 3 inch probe would make it difficult at the least to get an immersion chiller into the pot. It probably can work if doing a full 5 gallon boil and just have the chiller on top of the thermometer or sometimes you can tilt the chiller to get it past the probe still. If its a boil kettle I do not think a thermometer would prove essential so you could just skip that feature. I hope this helps! Cheers!
Can anyone confirm if the false bottom barb comes with the kettle hardware? I received mine today and it came with the dip tube accessory but not the false bottom accessory. Please help!
J O on Oct 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The isoflow valve that comes with the megapot and when ordered by itself comes with the dip tube by default. We sell the special barb for $5 or a female threaded barb would work as well. Product41431
According to the description, the pot has volume markings per gallon. If going through the trouble/cost of producing volume markings, why not at the quart level?
T O on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That might be a good idea for future refinement of the product, as it does not have that now. We'll pass this along to product development to consider. Thank you for the suggestion! -Mike W, Northern Brewer
If I buy just the valve one does it come with a diptube?
R I on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it most certainly does come with a dip tube. I hope that this helps!
Can I get a picture of the inside?
R I on May 15, 2016

Here is a picture of the inside of a 10 gal. aside from the extra 2 gal. they are the same.

Cheers! ![](https://northernbrewer.zendesk.com/attachments/token/tIcV5z2rVccM2UnyVrPx3UYjr/?name=IMG_1866.JPG)
What size O rings should be used for the bulkhead and thermometer and where can I get them? Are there special food grade of high temperature rings?
Gary C on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These o-rings here are the right size and material. See the link!


These are food-grade, and can withstand the temps of homebrewing uses with no issues. The same ones are used for the thermometers. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
Can a 1/2" kettle screen be used with this?
J A on Feb 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The MegaPots use IsoFlow or EZ Clean bulkheads, which are not compatible with the kettle screen.
can this pot (mega pot 1.2) accomodate a bazooka strainer internally?
J B on Nov 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When ordered with a ball valve we send it with our isoflow bulk head with a dip tube. There is not 1/2" threading internally on that bulkhead so it can not work with a bazooka screen. We can sell the kettles over the phone without the bulkhead. So it would just be a drilled kettle then you could get a bulkhead with 1/2" female threading and then you could install a bazooka screen. I hope this makes sense! Cheers! James J.

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