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Old 02-10-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I'm currently doing 2.5 to 3.5 gallon AG brews on my stove.
I'm looking to get a bigger pot so that I can do 5 gallon batches.
I'm planning on buying a NG burner in the near future and brewing outside.
I'm not planning on doing 10 gallon batches, but who knows what the future holds.

I'm trying to choose between 2 pots. They are aluminum.
I can get 17 gallon for $90 or 8.5 gallon for $70.

Which should I get?

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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I guess in a related question, are these aluminum pots the way to go??
It looks like a lot of people are using old kegs as pots. Is that a better/cheaper alternative?

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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I recently bought an 8 gallon pot and it has quickly proven to be a wee bit small. I was doing a 6 gallon batch and had to add extract as wort boiled off. Wish I had a larger pot such as a 10 gallon.

Buy larger than you think you will ever use!

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:21 PM   #4
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10 gal or bigger.

I got this and i'm happy with it for the price.
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Is 17 gallon going to be too big for my 5 gallon batches?

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:33 PM   #6
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Make sure whatever you get fits on your stove top, 17 gal. may not, unless you buy the burner also.

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Instawares has a couple of 40 qt, ten gal alum pots for $40 or so. If you spend a total of $50 they ship free.

Aluminum Stock Pot - 40 Quart, Stock Pots, Cookware at Instawares

8.5 could be a tad small...17 would be good for ten gal+ batches.

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How do the aluminum pots do in comparison to the stainless steel ones? I'm looking into a 60qt but I'm unsure which to get.

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Is 17 gallon going to be too big for my 5 gallon batches?
I've done 5 gallon batches in a 15 gallon. It's not so bad. Gives you more room for bigger beers. And what you're going to realize after a time that a 10 gallon batch isn't that much more work...
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How do the aluminum pots do in comparison to the stainless steel ones? I'm looking into a 60qt but I'm unsure which to get.
Stainless is more durable. If you can afford it, go stainless.
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