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Old 02-06-2014, 07:40 PM   #11
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I am doing a 5 gal batch in my 8 gal kettle right now. No issues with a standard gravity batch still had an inch or two of room in the mash. Barleywines, yep I am going to have to sparge but guess what not a big deal since it takes about 5 seconds to clean a dunk sparge pot.

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Old 02-06-2014, 07:42 PM   #12
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I think a kettle that is 30-40% more volume than your wort will be pre-boil is perfect. I do 11 gallon batches in a 20 gal kettle and it's just large enough that I don't get boil overs during hot breaks unless I use a lot of flaked grains and don't stir during hot break.

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:20 PM   #13
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I upgraded to a 15gal kettle but only for 10-11 gal biab batches.


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Old 02-10-2014, 11:44 AM   #14
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I did a 5 gallon batch in a 7.5 gallon kettle and this is how close I was to the top at the start of the boil on a red ale. I have since purchased a 10 gallon kettle. Not doing that again.

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Old 02-11-2014, 04:10 AM   #15
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I just did my first 5 gallon batch ( 9 lbs of grain) in my cheapo $22 8 gallon tamale steamer boil kettle from target with no issue. BIAB

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Old 02-11-2014, 09:59 AM   #16
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If you have any doubts please check out my http://biabcalculator.com tool. I wrote a total mash volume value in there that takes the volume of grain and water into account so you know the minimum volume of the kettle needed for your recipe and brewing parameters.

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:55 AM   #17
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If you have any doubts please check out my http://biabcalculator.com tool. I wrote a total mash volume value in there that takes the volume of grain and water into account so you know the minimum volume of the kettle needed for your recipe and brewing parameters.
I like this calculator! Seems to give you all the information needed in a simple format! I also find it interesting and useful that this calculator can be used for a sparge step if needed. Simply calculate your planned batch, and if the warning is given regarding insufficient kettle size, just simply reduce batch size by the amount you want to sparge, and the calculator will compute strike temps given your lower strike volume.
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Awesome thanx


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I like this calculator! Seems to give you all the information needed in a simple format! I also find it interesting and useful that this calculator can be used for a sparge step if needed. Simply calculate your planned batch, and if the warning is given regarding insufficient kettle size, just simply reduce batch size by the amount you want to sparge, and the calculator will compute strike temps given your lower strike volume.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:19 AM   #20
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Because they haven't learned good heat control and have issues with boilovers and boil off rate so they have to start with extra wort to avoid boiling off too much and with that much extra wort they need lots of space to avoid boiling over when hot break occurs. I do a 5 gallon batch in a 7.5 gallon pot and haven't boiled over yet nor have I ended up with less wort than I intend.



I strongly recommend the 15 gallon pot so you can brew any size beer (think DIPA, RIS, barley wine, etc.) with the equipment you have. As for heat control, the head space of a 15 gallon pot will allow you to achieve a good rolling boil without worry about the boil over...


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