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Old 12-11-2012, 12:53 PM   #11
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I do partial boil all-grain, and I'm happy with my beer. I'd be doing full boil if I could, but high rise apartment + poor strength electric stove means not a possibility. That said, if you can do full boils, definitely go with a bigger kettle than the gallon one you've got. If not, you can work with what you've got.
Look into a heat stick!
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:11 PM   #12
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ok ill say it....

Get a 15 gallon kettle or keggle.

if you plan on doing "mostly 5 gallon batches" that implies you want to do something other than a 5 gallon batch. if you want to do anything larger you need a bigger pot. 15 gallons will do a 11 or 12 gallon batch.

I was in your position a few years ago. i went from partial boil extract to full boil extract. i bought an 8 gallon pot. i did a few batches and realized id like to do 10gallons now and then so then went out and bought keggles (15gallon).

save yourself some money and headache and get a 15 gallon kettle. it does 5 gallon batches just fine, with less worry about boil over, will allow you to do 10 gallon batches and have better resale value if you decide to hang up your mash paddle.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:19 PM   #13
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Thought about that too, but I don't trust this building's wiring, and I'd never be able to get them to install a GFCI for me.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #14
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You can always get a plug-in GFCI.

This thread is making me wish I had gotten a slightly larger pot. If I want to do a 5-gallon heavy beer, I may be hard-pressed to fit it into my pot. I may have to resort to a smaller batch size. I've wanted to try the Dark Lord clone recipe I found, but I don't think I could do a normal batch using my pot. (32-quart)

EDIT: Just checked the mash calculator. I'd probably top out at a 3/4 batch, taking up nearly 7 gallons of space for mashing. I'll likely just halve the recipe so it fits in my 3-gallon carboy.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:19 PM   #15
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ok ill say it....

Get a 15 gallon kettle or keggle.

if you plan on doing "mostly 5 gallon batches" that implies you want to do something other than a 5 gallon batch. if you want to do anything larger you need a bigger pot. 15 gallons will do a 11 or 12 gallon batch.

I was in your position a few years ago. i went from partial boil extract to full boil extract. i bought an 8 gallon pot. i did a few batches and realized id like to do 10gallons now and then so then went out and bought keggles (15gallon).

save yourself some money and headache and get a 15 gallon kettle. it does 5 gallon batches just fine, with less worry about boil over, will allow you to do 10 gallon batches and have better resale value if you decide to hang up your mash paddle.
I thought that that implied that he might want to do some 2 gallon experimental batches. Just because someone says that they mostly want to do 5 gallon batches does not necessarily mean they need a huge pot.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:31 PM   #16
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yes i plan on doing mostly 5 gallon.
Those were my famous last words as well. I think I cranked out three or four 5-gallon batches before I realized that with very little more time/effort the the increase in raw materials was worth doubling my batch size. My 7.5 kettle became my hot liquor tank, and I secured a most awesome keg for a 15.5 gallon brew pot.

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:37 AM   #17
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well i went ahead ani bought this its was 65 dollars on ebay i don't have any plans on doing anything bigger than five gallons my mash tun is only 10 gallons so i can make big 5 gallon beers

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These are better quality than they would seem to be and plenty large for 5 gallon whole leaf hops batches. Not much more $ and with welded couplings.
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You'll enjoy the 8 gallon space, have a good time!

By the way.... when you buy your 10 or 15 gallon pot in a year or two let us know. Lol JK
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Thought about that too, but I don't trust this building's wiring, and I'd never be able to get them to install a GFCI for me.
Just shut the breaker off and instal a GFCI outlet. It's only 3 wires and they are not expensive.

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