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Old 05-23-2014, 03:39 PM   #31
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You bumped the thread 4 months later for a "so there"? His post was in response to the post directly before his.



Regardless, on the actual topic, I went from partial boils in the pot that came with my turkey frier to a 10 gallon aluminum pot. When I was shopping for my Spike Brewing kettle I decided to go for a 15 gallon to allow for 10 gallon batches down the road. Thinking of doing a split batch pretty soon, so the extra capacity will come in handy.

I dunno- I just use Fermcap to keep the boil from foaming up.


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Old 05-23-2014, 04:04 PM   #32
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Growing pains depend on conditions as well. I started out on keggles and a 72 qt cooler, five and six gallon carboys. Now I have 16 gallon spiedels, just picked up a 130 qt cooler and am looking to go to 25 gal pots, in just a little over a year. I also am keeping a smaller set to play around with experiments and doing small batches inside for test batches. Now am gearing up to build a new brewstand and searching for an upright freezer.

So even if you think it is enough, do yourself a favor and think out the long term in detail. If you want five gallon batches to keg, is you pot big enough to hold the grain for really making a 6.5 plus batch with correct water ratios? It's a lot of little questions you need to look at when deciding what size is worth it.

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Old 05-23-2014, 10:31 PM   #33
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did the same thing. fortunately i started with 2.5 gallon extract, now I'm comfortable at 3 gallon all grain so I only bought 5 pots so far but still need another so I can make the 90 minute boils....uuugh

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Old 05-25-2014, 03:34 AM   #34
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You bumped the thread 4 months later for a "so there"? His post was in response to the post directly before his.

Regardless, on the actual topic, I went from partial boils in the pot that came with my turkey frier to a 10 gallon aluminum pot. When I was shopping for my Spike Brewing kettle I decided to go for a 15 gallon to allow for 10 gallon batches down the road. Thinking of doing a split batch pretty soon, so the extra capacity will come in handy.
Am looking at upgrading cooling capacity, growing pains never stop!

Oh, and KT, I had already apologized to Malric. I think you missed that part...
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You bumped the thread 4 months later for a "so there"? His post was in response to the post directly before his.



Regardless, on the actual topic, I went from partial boils in the pot that came with my turkey frier to a 10 gallon aluminum pot. When I was shopping for my Spike Brewing kettle I decided to go for a 15 gallon to allow for 10 gallon batches down the road. Thinking of doing a split batch pretty soon, so the extra capacity will come in handy.

I'm not sure 15 gal will give you the size you'll need for 10 gal batches. Especially if you plan on any big beers. Your boil volume could easily approach 12-14 gal. Not a lot of room for vigorous boils.


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