I just bought the 20 gallon Boilermaker. I have gone through 2 brew kettles already and decided it's time to stop wasting money on cheap things and buy something of quality. I obviously very much enjoy this hobby (though, everyone that knows me considers this an obsession for me). My problem is this:
Currently, I've only done 5 gallon batches. I know that in the future, I'll build my own brew rig, but right now, that's impractical. I brew with propane in very limited space on my patio, but I can't build it yet. I am planning to step up to 10 gallon all grain, but from the reviews I read, a 20 gallon boilermaker is impractical for this, mostly because of the thermometer. I don't really want to buy their 10 gallon just to step up to the 20 in a few years. Is it too impractical to use this for 5 gallons? Should I just get a longer thermometer, etc?
Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.