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Old 05-04-2010, 01:15 AM   #1
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Default 8 gallon brew pot....

will it work for 5-5 1/2 gallon batches?

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:20 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:51 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:53 AM   #4
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Yes. But it is close....

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:26 AM   #5
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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.

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:52 AM   #6
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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....

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:55 AM   #7
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Like said above it will work but Id get some of the drops to have just in case. a drop or 2 works wonders!

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Old 05-04-2010, 03:38 AM   #8
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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.

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Old 05-04-2010, 08:06 AM   #9
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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.

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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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