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Old 11-30-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default 50 quart pot - big enough for 10 gallon batch?

Just picked up a 50Q aluminum pot for 60 dollars shipped. This is a 12.5 gallon pot. I am hoping to do full wort 10 gallon all grain batches with this pot. Do you think I can boil 11 gallons safely with this pot or should I shoot for 9 gallon batches! I just couldn't handle 5 gallons at a time anymore! NEED MORE BEER

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Old 11-30-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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where did you find a pot that big for that price! shipped!

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Old 11-30-2009, 09:06 PM   #3
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Well, you'd need to start with about 11.5-12 gallons to boil down to 10 gallons or 10.5 gallons. I only make 5 gallons in my 30 quart pot, and it's barely big enough. So, I'd say that making 10 gallons in a 12.5 gallon pot would be very difficult, especially if you're starting with 11.5 gallons. You could use fermcap and watch the boil very closely, or make smaller batches.

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It is possible. A guy in our LHBC does just this. Just make sure you use whole leaf hops and be careful if you do extract boils, especially LME ones.

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Old 11-30-2009, 09:32 PM   #5
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I brew all grain, so I think I am just going to do 9 gallon batches and split the primary fermention up between two 5 gallon glass carboys outfitted with blow off tubes. This way I can dry hop one half and not the other or other cool stuff. I would rather boil with 9 gallons and be able to get a good rolling boil going.

Buy'em up guys, I researched for a very long time and this is by far the best deal I have found, the free shipping is the kicker.

http://www.instawares.com/stock-pot-...ksp008.0.7.htm

I didn't spring for a lid, Palmer says not to use one during the boil, so as far as I am concerned they aren't necassary. Now I have to build my wort chiller.

I got this pot just in time to start brewing up a brew I will unveil at my super bowl party. I am thinking, since I have two months....an imperial red ale.

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I do 10 gallons with a 15 gallon pot and it's a bitch for the first 15 minutes. I have at least one boil over every brew. I'm looking into a 20 gallon just so I have more room to work.
Remember, as the wort heats up it expands. My 10 gallon batches start with 13.5-14 gallons. The larger the pot the more boil-off you will get.

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I have a 20.5 gallon pot and when I brew 10 gallon batches I start with 14 gallons of wort. I have come close to boiling over in the pot. Either go for a bigger pot or smaller batches

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I ordered a lid for 9$, and I will probably shoot for 8.5 gallon batches..boiling 11 gallons or so. That is a nice compromise I think.

I currently brew 5 gallon batches in a 6 gallon pot, and I start my boils at 6 gallons...so I am used to watching the boilovers. I have found that first wort hopping really helps.

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Guys if you start checking military surplus stores you can get the set 10 and 15 gallon pots for cheap!!!

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My 10 gallon batches are 11 gallons(I demand a good 10 gallons of keggable beer from a batch) and preboil is 14.5 gallons.

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