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beerbro 02-07-2012 08:04 PM

Pot size for all grain
Hey guys

So I'm still pretty new at the whole thing but I've worked on three batches of beer and all have been partial malt/extract. And I'm about to try the rewarding step up to all grain. I currently have a 32 qt stainless steel pot but will I need a larger one for the switch to all grain?


maffewl 02-07-2012 08:09 PM

32 will be fine. That's the size I use. You will need to monitor it with a spray bottle, but you are good to go.

NervousDad 02-07-2012 08:11 PM

I use a 32 quart kettle. My pre boil volume is 6.75 gallons is close to the top but it works fine.

djfriesen 02-07-2012 08:42 PM

You should be OK, but a 40 qt would be a lot less hassle. If you can contemplate brewing in aluminum, you could probably pick up a 10 gallon pot for pretty cheap. I got one for around $36 bucks or so.

I use that, along with the 30 qt pot from a turkey fryer for brew days. I mash (BIAB) in the smaller pot, in order to minimize headspace during the rest period, and then dunk sparge and boil in the 10 gallon pot. It actually works pretty slick.

Note: I have tried boiling a 5-gallon batch in the 30 qt pot, and I had to fight tooth-and-nail to keep from boiling over. The extra 2 qts might help, but I would think they won't make a huge difference.

funkswing 02-07-2012 08:51 PM

That size pot will work, but it will be cutting it close. I brew 6 gal batches (7.6 gal pre-boil for 90 min boils) to end up with 5 gal in the keg (or bottles).

Here is the pot I use, its on sale right now for a pretty good price ($58 for a 9 gal SS pot):


Yooper 02-07-2012 08:53 PM

I used a 30 quart pot for years. It was watched like a hawk until after the hot break, but I could start with 6.25 gallons or so so it worked out well. Fermcap would be a huge help for you with a small pot!

rossi46 02-07-2012 09:29 PM

I have a 32qt pot, and it works. I've had a few boil overs when adding pellets at 60 min.
If I were to do it again, I would have bought a 40qt. my 2 cents.

jsharp3 02-07-2012 09:47 PM

I have a 60 quart pot and wouldn't trade it for anything. It is big enough to handle a 10 gallon batch which is really nice if you have friends who keeping raiding your stash. This way you don't have to keep brewing the same "favorite" beer.

kgoode25 02-08-2012 02:53 AM

Fine for 5gal batches, just keep an eye on it.

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