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Old 10-09-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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I purchased a True Brew kit. The equip list says (6+quart) pot. Is this a mistake. It should be larger correct? I am new. Got a bunch of equipment from a friend. I'm reading all i can but still am very vague on the steps.

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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I purchased a True Brew kit. The equip list says (6+quart) pot. Is this a mistake. It should be larger correct? I am new. Got a bunch of equipment from a friend. I'm reading all i can but still am very vague on the steps.
You probably want at least a 12-16 quart pot, ideally 5 gallons for stovetop/extract brewing, like with a kit. With a kit, you aren't typically boiling the full volume of beer you are making, but you want to have some extra space for when your beer comes to a boil, as it will foam (called 'hot break'), and boilovers suck to clean up.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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I use a 5 gallon (20qt) SS stock pot for my partial boils of 2.5-3 Gallons.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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You can brew full volume boils indoors with that kettle. Better to have 3.5 gallons of something truly amazing than say 5 gallons of a mediocre partial boil IPA.

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... i.e. boil 4.5 gallons down to 3.5 gallons without topping off and diluting the beer.

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I was talkin about boil size too. I brew 5 & 6 gallon batches. Just top off in the fermenter after wort chilled.
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