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turboedbug 05-04-2010 01:15 AM

8 gallon brew pot....
 
will it work for 5-5 1/2 gallon batches?

Wellshooter 05-04-2010 01:20 AM

Just barely, and a lot depends on the width vs depth ratio I'm told. I have an 8 gallon aluminum pot that I did three full boils in. Before I moved up to a keggle. Once and only once was I able to keep it from boiling over. I didn't try the silicon drops though.

shelly_belly 05-04-2010 01:51 AM

My 32 quart turkey fryer pot works great with the use of foam control drops. I use the baby gas drops from the store that I bought 5 years ago. My biggest preboil batch was 7.5 gallons. I use 1 dropper full of drops and have not had a boil over yet. There's even room for a 50 ft immersion chiller when it's time to chill.

AviatorTroy 05-04-2010 01:53 AM

Yes. But it is close....

turboedbug 05-04-2010 02:26 AM

so it looks like I'm gonna need a bigger kettle, man this sucks I just transfered to arizona from washington and I have a couple kegs sitting in storage that I forgot to grab.

LeftTurnOnly 05-04-2010 02:52 AM

My 2 cents says you'll be good.... I recently got this 8 gallon kettle and have done a couple 5 gallon full boil batches in it, and had no troubles. I really like it, but kinda wish i could do a 10 gallon batch now... heh.... but for 5, or probably even 5 1/2, i think you'll be good to go.... :mug:

Wade E 05-04-2010 02:55 AM

Like said above it will work but Id get some of the drops to have just in case. a drop or 2 works wonders!

electric_beer 05-04-2010 03:38 AM

I've been brewing in an 8 gal for a while now. My pot is pretty wide so perhaps that helps. I have hit my numbers or better on almost every batch.

suprchunk 05-04-2010 08:06 AM

I used to brew in my 7g canning crock. It was MORE THAN SUFFICIENT! Hell, I brewed a 6.5 gallon batch in it - without boil-overs. You guys don't need nearly 3 gallons of headspace. 8 gallons will be fine for your 5-5.5 gallon batches. The only time I have ever had boil-overs is when I left the pot alone before it had settled into its full-rolling boil. I guess people are getting too lazy to stand around their pot while it starts to boil nowadays, and adjust to maintain a full boil without boil-over.

suprchunk 05-04-2010 08:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by turboedbug (Post 2041043)
so it looks like I'm gonna need a bigger kettle, man this sucks I just transfered to arizona from washington and I have a couple kegs sitting in storage that I forgot to grab.

NO! You don't need a bigger kettle. Make do with the more than adequate kettle you have now. Unless you plan on increasing your batch size to 10g? (it'll be sooner, rather than later)


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