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Old 10-27-2009, 03:13 PM   #1
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Okay, so I do mainly extract and I need to get a new brew pot as I was just using one of our lobster pots. Another catch is I have a 50 dollar gift cert. to midwest brewing. I am looking for a pot for my extract brews but if I can do more with it that is okay too. Can someone help me pick one, there are a lot of choices, not sure if I can go with the 40 dollar one or need the 75 dollar one.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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The biggest consideration for me is the size of the kettle. I'd go with something that would let you do full 5 gallon boils, minimum. I don't think most lobster pots can do that, but I'm not 100% sure based on your post.

If you can do 5 gallons, you can always do less. However, if you can't do 5, you'll end up paying more when/if you decide to bump up to full boils. Also, reselling something that can do 5 gallons will be easier than reselling something that can't.

I got my 10 gallon SS boil kettle from Austin Home Brew Supply. It was their economy model, and I've been very happy with it (except now I wish I had bumped it up to do full 10 gallon boils). Alas, that is the nature of life I suppose...

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Thanks for the detailed responce. This holds 5 gallons, so I assume I will need the next model up to do a full boil? I forgot to add that I do this on my gas stove in my kitchen.

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Thanks for the detailed responce. This holds 5 gallons, so I assume I will need the next model up to do a full boil? I forgot to add that I do this on my gas stove in my kitchen.
remember you can always do smaller boils in a big pot not the other way around . get the bigger one
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Doing 5 gallon boils (6 or 7 if you consider evaporation) on your kitchen stove may or may not be an easy feat. Since the stove is gas, you may have a better shot at it than I do on my electric. Is the space above the stove big enough to hold the pot? Is it strong enough to hold the pot? Due to my kitchen's limitations, I've done every batch on a propane turkey fryer on my back porch, so I'm not the best qualified to answer the question. So, I guess I would modify my answer to say that a bigger pot is better, until you run out of space or outstrip your heating source...

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You need at least a 7.5 gallon pot in my opinion for full boils.

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But for extract brews I can use a 5 or even 4 gallon pot without a problem right?

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But for extract brews I can use a 5 or even 4 gallon pot without a problem right?
You bet. Bigger is better, of course, (giggle), but you could do a 4 gallon boil in a 5 gallon pot and add top up water, or a 3 gallon boil in a 4 gallon pot and do the same.

Note that FermCap-S will help you boil more liquid in a given pot, since it stops the wort from foaming up and boiling over on you.
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Buy the right pot for the job. I have a odd 9.5 gallon to do my 5 gallons batches in. I think this is one area not to skimp on. I think you want it to hold at least 7.5 gallons

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I wonder if this 7.5 one is too cheap and it will cause my sugars to burn. I havent seen any reviews on it. It would cost me over a 100 bucks to get this, since shipping is so pricey.
Or is this one compairable? I really like austin home brew better... But I do have the gift cert and all

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