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Old 10-27-2009, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hey I'm shopping for my first brewpot and I can't seem to decide what to buy.

First off how likly will it be that I will be able to do a full boil on my glass top range? I'm tempted to buy a 28qt pot so I can boil the full 5 gallons.

If not whats the maximum size pot I'll be able to boil with my stove? I'm tempted to buy this 20qt pot on amazon as its so cheap, except that it gets a poor review:

Amazon.com: Imusa Stainless Steel Stock Pot, 20 Quart: Home & Garden

This pot seems to get good reviews from home brewers but its only 16qts:

Amazon.com: Imusa Stainless Steel Stock Pot, 16 Quart: Home & Garden

I'm a cheap ass but I *HATE* buying cheap products that I just have to replace soon after I buy them. I'll spend more but I just want to get a pot I'll be able to use for years to come.

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Old 10-27-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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Then get a 7.5 gallon (30 qt) so you can do a full boil. Your beer will turn out better. I have been brewing for a month. My first day, I bought a 20 quart. 3 days later, I bought a 30 qt. For now, the 20 qt. was a waste of money because I don't do all grain. When I start, I'll be glad I did because I'll need both.

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Old 10-27-2009, 07:22 PM   #3
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IIRC someone else on these forums was talking about having trouble getting a good roiling boil on a glass top range. Before you jump in to larger boils you might want to consider looking up the max output of your range top and make sure it's going to be efficient enough to bring large volumes to boil.

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Old 10-27-2009, 07:26 PM   #4
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IIRC someone else on these forums was talking about having trouble getting a good roiling boil on a glass top range. Before you jump in to larger boils you might want to consider looking up the max output of your range top and make sure it's going to be efficient enough to bring large volumes to boil.
Yeah, that's why I'm posting this question. I'm not sure about the output of my range but i'll look it up when i get home. I assume if i get some massive pot i can just do 3 gallons on my range until I get a burner setup for outside correct? I dont see any downside to starting out with a larger pot.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:34 PM   #5
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I agree with Korn but I'd go for at least a 9 gal that would be 36 qts.

Here's why:
you can do it in a 7.5 gal pot but you'll have to watch it like a hawk and stand over it the entire time. With a 9 gallon pot if you collect 7 gallons to boil that only gives you a 2 gallon window when you first start the boil and that is not much you'll still have to watch it like a hawk at first but as the liquid boils off you will be able to eventually relax for a portion of your boil.

Go big you won't reget a decision to get the bigget best pot you can afford

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In the meantime, what's the biggest pot you have handy? I'd go ahead and see how long it takes you to get a good volume of water up to a boil. Even if you don't have a pot that can hold over 5 gallons, if it takes a long time to get 4 gallons up to a boil, that might tell you you're going to be SOL doing full boils on your stove.

Another thing to consider is the bottom of the pot. Try to get one that's flat so there is more contact with the heating surface.

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http://cgi.ebay.com/40-qt-Stainless-...item27ac0091fe

Here's a 40 qt for $70 + $8 shipping

I can't vouch for the guy, never done biz with him but the price is pretty good
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http://cgi.ebay.com/40-qt-Stainless-...item27ac0091fe

Here's a 40 qt for $70 + $8 shipping

I can't vouch for the guy, never done biz with him but the price is pretty good
Thats austinhomebrew supply, A+ shop. No problems with them ever, forrest is on this board all the time.
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You are not going to be happy with your glass top. And if you happen to be married your wife is not gonna be thrilled with you making a mess in the kitchen either.

If you are serious about brewing you'll need a gas burner here again the biggest you can afford.

With brewing the saying goes go big or go home. One of my favorite saying is: Buy cheap and buy twice.

I am not your typical american that thinks bigger is better, in most cases I think just the opposite is true however there are 3 things I can think of right off hand were bigger is better NFL linemen, Subwoofers and Brewing equipment.

If you want to save money buy used. watch this site, ebay, craigs list, other sites like this you'll see people getting out of the hobby and you can pick up good equipment for less money than retail. But good equipment retains a lot of it's value so don't expect to get it at a steal unless you are willing to but in a lot of time and effort shopping around

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I am married and I'm sure my wife will kill me here pretty soon. I still haven't even brewed my first batch yet and I'd like to try it out at least before I go and buy a gas burner. I just wanna buy a pot that I'll be happy with down the road.

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