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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
75 Reviews
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Outstanding quality!
I'm new to homebrewing, when I discovered that the biggest pot I owned was not nearly large enough to boil my brew in I began searching. I came across the MegaPot and immediately liked the features. I purchased the 8 gal, and it was love at first sight when it arrived! VERY well made piece of equipment. The quality is outstanding. I have, and would again recommend this to anyone looking to buy a brew pot.
March 12, 2018
2 months ago
This is our second Megapot. We originally used our first as a hot liquid tank. The second will be our boil kettle.
February 27, 2018
2 months ago
Expensive so I expect accuracy did not get that.
Great pot, it’s definitely expensive so I expected the inside fluid levels to be accurate in level. But mine was not accurate or level.
February 26, 2018
2 months ago
Well built pot
Very happy with this Boiling Pot. I definitely would recommend it. It is very well built.
January 27, 2018
3 months ago
Nice pot Good deal.
Really nice pot. Simple to take apart to clean. Could have spent a bit more time on edge trim but this thing will last forever. Very well thought out.
January 17, 2018
3 months ago
Great purchase!
We used our new MegaPot for the first time last week and it was everything we had hoped it would be. It was great to get ongoing temperature readings and made every stage convenient. Absolutely recommend it!
January 4, 2018
4 months ago
Best Brewing Pot. Period.
Out of the box I could tell the quality of the unit. Great even heating, and the thermometer and spigot took me to the next step of my brewing adventure. Highly recommended. As with everything from Northern Brewer. Spot on with every product I've purchased.
Best brew pot I've ever used.
Best brew pot I've ever used.
January 2, 2018
4 months ago
It's a beautiful pot bought this for my son for a Christmas gift
December 5, 2017
5 months ago
Great pot
This is the pot that should be recommended for any new brewer or put into a starter kit. The valve eliminates the need to lift and pour your batch into primary fermentation vessel. With an attached tube, I open the valve and my batch smoothly runs into the fermenter. Fyi, 6 gallons of beer is a lot to lift and try to pour.
The thermometer could be lower for more accurate reporting of temps of smaller batches. Overall, I'd buy it again.
December 2, 2017
9 months ago
Overall a good kettle. The exterior valve body could be a tighter, more secure fit. Really like the fixed thermometer.
November 22, 2017
5 months ago
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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
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!
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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