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Toasty27 01-15-2013 04:56 AM

Full Boil?
With Tax time approaching I am going to upgrade just a little bit. I want to do a full boil instead of adding the water. I am still on the extract/specialty grain kits. How big of a pot should i get? And is there a certain amount of BTU output on burners i should look for? I've seen one for 55,000 BTUs and another for 120,000 BTUs. Of course the price is about $50 difference. Any help is appreciated!

nukebrewer 01-15-2013 05:41 AM

If you're doing 5 gallon batches an 8 gallon pot should serve you quite well. That's what I've been using for the past 4 years without issue. If you can afford it, obviously go for the higher BTU burner, but the 55K will be adequate if you can't afford the 120K.

CityOChampBrew 01-15-2013 05:47 AM

And if you can afford it I would recommend a 15 gal brew kettle as that will allow you to grow to 10 batches if you ever decide to do so. Let me just say it is nice to have double to product from just a little bit more time on the brew day.

Toasty27 01-15-2013 03:29 PM

Word. eventually ima move to all grain, but ima take it one step at a time, full boil - partial mash - all grain. Thanks for the input!

stpug 01-15-2013 03:35 PM

I currently use a 44-quart turkey fryer stainless pot for my 5 gallon batches. It might be a tiny bit overkill but when you start with 7+ gallons at the beginning of the boil and you hit your hot break, that foam can raise up to within a few inches of the top. After seeing this happen many times I would recommend a 10 gallon pot for 5 gallon boils, however a minimum of 8 gallons would suffice (just keep a spray bottle on hand in case the foam starts to get away from you).

Toasty27 02-05-2013 11:40 PM



which one should i get?

EineProsit 02-06-2013 12:00 AM

If u can afford it go bigger badder

BxBrewer 02-06-2013 12:34 AM

I'm going to a 8 gallon pot myself. However I'm staying with extract brewing until I retire. To many guys in my club are going back to BiaB or extract from big systems. I'd rather knock out a brew day and then go fishing or play a round of golf lol.

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