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Old 07-26-2008, 05:10 AM   #1
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Default 40 Qt vs 60 Qt pot for 5 Gal batches

It's my anniversary this weekend, 12 years. My gift is getting to spend 100 bucks on brewing equipment!

I've been planning to buy a 40 Qt pot. (I use a 5 Gal MLT) But I'v got my doubts, and think maybe I should go with a 60 Qt. 40 is great for anything below 1.065 or so O.G. I just got through formulating a Wee Heavy which will be about 1.088 in gravity. In order to get peak effeciency I would need to boil quite a bit of wort, pushing a 40 Qt pot's capacity.

So the question is:
Are there any drawbacks to using a 60 Qt pot for brewing something like a Mild with an O.G. of 1.036 where I'm only putting 5.5 Gals. into the kettle for a boil? (just seems odd putting 22 quarts into a 60 qt pot)
Should I just forget it and go with the 40 Qt or buy the 60 Qt and then I'll be able to brew most 10 Gal batches in the future?

A decision must be made!
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Old 07-26-2008, 05:20 AM   #2
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No bad points...more space = better!

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Old 07-26-2008, 05:23 AM   #3
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If the 60 qt pot is wider, your boil losses will increase slightly due to increased surface area. Otherwise, there aren't any disadvantages.

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Old 07-26-2008, 05:27 AM   #4
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If you have the slightest inkling to do 10 gallon batches, go with the 60QT. It will be fine for 5 gal. batches, along with what Yuri stated.

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You make some good points... Any wories other than increased evaporation loss?

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Increased evaporation loss just means doing a little extra sparging, which means being able to get more sugars.
Plus being able to answer the phone without worry of a boil over, being able to move to 10gal batches.
This is I think a case of "bigger really is better", as long as the cost does not bust your budget I don't think you will be thinking it was a mistake on your death bed.

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Increased evaporation loss just means doing a little extra sparging, which means being able to get more sugars.
Plus being able to answer the phone without worry of a boil over, being able to move to 10gal batches.
This is I think a case of "bigger really is better", as long as the cost does not bust your budget I don't think you will be thinking it was a mistake on your death bed.
I was thinking of going with the 40 to begin with as If I do go to 10 Gal batches I'll have the 40 to heat sparge water in/HLT.

Nope, probably wouldn't consider it a mistake on my death bed! Thanks for the input guys! I'll toast all your help tonight with an Ole Speck Hen tonight after anniversary dinner with swmbo.

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So the question is:
Are there any drawbacks to using a 60 Qt pot for brewing something like a Mild with an O.G. of 1.036 where I'm only putting 5.5 Gals. into the kettle for a boil? (just seems odd putting 22 quarts into a 60 qt pot)
Two insignificant possibilities:

Since there is more mass that it would take longer to heat/cool a larger pot. Might use more propane as greater pot surface area could radiate more heat away.

I just got my keggle cut done this week. I rarely do any batches that are over 1.050 gravity / 7gal , but I think it will be nice to have the extra room.
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Heck, I do partial boils in my 80 qt. pot. Doesn't even come up to the thermometer. I have a 30 qt. pot, but it's much thinner, so it's just a HLT these days.

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Immersion chiller coils might not be covered with a deeper pot and small volume

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