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Old 10-04-2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default 20 Gallon Pot - 5/10 Gallon Batches

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I know lots of people use 15.5 Keggles for brewing 5/10 gallon batches without a problem. I figure it is useful to go for the 20 gallon pot so when I eventually do a 10 gallon batch I wont have to worry about boil over. My question, will I will run into any problems doing 5 gallon batches in a 20 gallon pot? I also plan on using a 15 gallon cooler mash tun and a 20 gallon HLT. Does this sound like a good setup?

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Old 10-04-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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I don't see any problems with it. If it has a thermometer in it it may not be in the wort on a 5 gallon batch but thats not a big deal to me.

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No issues. It should be fine.

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I have a single tier setup with 3 - 20gal pots for HLT, mash and boil. I do 5gal and 10gal all the time.

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The only issue with doing small batches in a large kettle is the liquid may not come up higher enough to reach the thermo. You can see in our sig how we have a kettle with horizontal couplers to get over that problem.

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:30 AM   #6
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Do you guys recommend the cooler mash tun or should I just get a third pot and use it for a mash tun with a false bottom? If I use a pot what is the best method for maintaining temperatures or conducting a step mash?

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Unless you have a way to heat it (herms, rims, or direct heat to the pot) I'd use a "cooler" style mash tun. I had a cooler for a few years and it worked fine until I designed my herms system, which now has a pot with a false bottom for the mash tun.

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Unless you're just using existing kettles, there wouldn't be a need for a bigger HLT than the MLT. For a 10 gal batch you would never need more than a 10 gal kettle as a HLT. The big surface area in a big kettle will impact your evaporation rate, but you can account for that.

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