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Old 12-02-2007, 01:48 AM   #1
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looking at different pots for all grain, i like the mega pot or the 5 mill bottom pot from midwest but i've heard that the taller skinny pots are better for all grain.

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Old 12-02-2007, 02:26 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what you're asking here. Are you talking about a boil kettle or a mash lauter tun?

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The only difference between a pot for extract and one for all grain would be that you have to have a pot big enough to do a full volume boil when doing all grain.

This difference in the pots you mentioned will be the rate of evaporation during the boil. The wider the pot, the more evaporation that will take place. My 7.5 gallon turkey cooker pot will boil off about 1 gallon per hour while my 10 gallon stock pot will boil off about 1.5 gallons per hour. The difference is the surface area. If you go with a wider pot, you will have to adjust your recipe accordingly to make up for the extra evaporation.

Thin bottom pots won't heat as evenly as the thicker bottomed pots and may have a tendency to scorch extract brews more than the heavier bottomed pots.

Another thing to consider is the construction of your burner. I have two burners. One can only be used with my 7.5 gallon pot due to a raised ring around the top of the burner. The other has a flat top and can be used with any pot.

The choice of pot all depends on your particular system, how you plan to deal with evaporation rates, and, of course, the size of your pocketbook.

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Old 12-02-2007, 05:04 AM   #4
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As long as you figure out your evaporation rates, I don't think it matters much. I've found I need to run off 8 gallons of wort for a 90 minute boil to get the correct volume, but now that its dialed in its no big deal.

(I use a fairly wide kettle)

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Old 12-02-2007, 11:23 AM   #5
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I highly recommend a 10 gallon Polar Ware kettle - expensive, but heirloom quality - your great-grandchildren will be brewing with them one day !

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I've gottin into brewing with my bother-in-law and the first pot we bought was a 10 gallon polar ware. then we bought a 10 gallon mega pot (it has the sandwich of different metals) 5 mil thick. what is the better pot for boiling or for mashing

its a big investment and i don't mind spending the money, i just dont want to buy and then not happy with what i bought.

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Old 12-03-2007, 12:40 AM   #7
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I've gottin into brewing with my bother-in-law and the first pot we bought was a 10 gallon polar ware. then we bought a 10 gallon mega pot (it has the sandwich of different metals) 5 mil thick. what is the better pot for boiling or for mashing

its a big investment and i don't mind spending the money, i just dont want to buy and then not happy with what i bought.
So which pot do you think is better quality? By the way a mil is .001 inches, a millimeter is .03937 inches.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:47 AM   #8
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Shape doesn't matter much unless your pot is HUGE...like 20gal. Doing a 5 gal batch in those will make for a shallow grain bed in a MLT and some serious evaporation in a BK. Also, skinnier pots are MUCH better when designing a rig, as your footprint will be smaller. Seriously, if you don't have any qualms about aluminum, go with 2 60 qt pots, and you'll probably spend less than 1 ss pot. They'll also heat and cool faster than SS, and are more easily drilled/machined.

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:00 AM   #9
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I'm sorry WBC, drunk mistake it is 5mm thick not 5 mill thick. thanks for the correction notice.

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Ok but which pot is better Nick? I am going to go to a 28 gallon size if I can.

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