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Old 07-04-2009, 03:45 AM   #21
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You guys advising all this caution are CRAZY. I use a 30qt from a turkey fryer kit as my primary boil pot and it works like a charm. I do 6.5 gallon boils in it no sweat. Just watch it around the hot break.
Well I always boil off 2.5 to 2.25 gallons of wort everytime I brew and this leaves me with 5 gallons. So technically your pot would not work for me so I guess were all not crazy. I would never fill a pot to the top and try to boil it.


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Old 07-04-2009, 05:01 PM   #22
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7.5 gallons collected
7.5 gallons boiled
0.0 drops spilled
Boiled down to 6 gallons in 60 minutes
Siphoned 5.25 gallons into fermenter



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Old 07-04-2009, 06:23 PM   #23
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Well crap. It turns out it gets even better. I just checked my pot because I've always suspected something was wrong. The 30 quart mark is actually only a little over 28 quarts of liquid in.

So, I guess I officially have a 7 gallon pot, not 7.5. A true 7.5 gallon pot would be way too much pot for me

I boil down to 5.75 gallons (cooled) and collect 5.25 gallons with the marks corrected.

Time to rework my system assumptions

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Old 07-05-2009, 04:41 AM   #25
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Found a 40 quart pot for 49.99 with lid at:
Aluminum Stock Pot 40 Quart (POT-40CR)

Shipped Fedex 1-5 days. I checked out the link in the thread but you have to belong to the Sam's club which is an extra $30.00 and this one has four rivets in each handle and is industrial rated. Better safe than sorry. I've got an Abby extract I'll do while I wait for it to get here.

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I use a 7.5gal pot all the time, after having to replace my stove due to boil overs I now use a second pot to boil up the additional 2 gal.
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You can do it...I used the 30qt that came with my turkey fryer on my first couple batches, and it worked alright...just be REALLY careful about boilovers. The first time I did it, I had a bit of a boilover, but the other two times, I just sprayed it a lot with a spray bottle full of cold water around the hot break and was fine.

I did move up to a 10gal pot after those three batches though...and it's much less of a hassle.
+1 once the initial boilover is done, it is easy to control and works great. It is what I have and don't have plans to change until I have to.
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You guys advising all this caution are CRAZY. I use a 30qt from a turkey fryer kit as my primary boil pot and it works like a charm. I do 6.5 gallon boils in it no sweat. Just watch it around the hot break.
Here's crazy.. if you can boil with only a gallon of headspace, your boil really isn't vigorous enough.

If I had to make due with 30qt, I'd collect 5 gallons in there and put the excess 1.5 gallons into another pot. Combine them after about 30 minutes of boil time.
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7.5 gallons collected
7.5 gallons boiled
0.0 drops spilled
Boiled down to 6 gallons in 60 minutes
Siphoned 5.25 gallons into fermenter
That looks like a simmer to me! I wouldn't consider that a rolling boil.
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That looks like a simmer to me! I wouldn't consider that a rolling boil.
It gets rolling once the hot break sinks in. It's touchy until then. It's a light rolling boil at this point too - not a simmer at all.

Remember, the question was whether somebody with an existing 7.5 gallon pot who does not want to spend money on a larger pot needs to. The answer is "no" so long as you don't need to collect more than the pot can boil. I seem to boil enough wort just fine with my small pot. I've never said 10 wouldn't be nicer to have.

edit to add: AND, I won't claim I don't work a bit to keep the boil under control. I stand over the pot for the entire hour fanning down potential boilovers the whole time. I use the pot lid It's no problem for me. I don't mind. I like the smell.


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