Originally Posted by phoenixs4r
not for a beer that big as in 5 gallons... i meant a beer that high in starting gravity.. but i guess at 8.6% abv its not huge..
and what i meant is you may not be able to get all of your mash and sparge wort into that pot to start your boil... so you will have to slowly add more sparge wort and boil off until you get to your desired preboil gravity.
i've used an 8 gallon pot to do a 1.110 beer and i had to boil for over 3 hours to get enough concentrated wort to start my boil schedule. I simply couldnt fit enough wort in an 8 gallon pot to make a 5 gallon batch of beer that strong in abv