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fritz_monroe 05-11-2007 08:47 PM

Full boil extract brew?
I'll be moving over to all grain within the next year or so, so I'm going to slowly get the equipment. First on the list is a bigger brew pot. I guess I could end up eventually at 10 gallon batches, but for teh forseeable future, 5 gallons will be it. What size pot should I look into?

My question is I guess I can do full boil extract brews, but will this improve my beer? Even if I have a big enough brew pot to boil 5 gallons, should I do it?

Right now I brew in the kitchen on a gas stove. Can I get away without a burner and still boil 5 gallons?


rdwj 05-11-2007 08:57 PM

I think full boils will improve you beer more than anything else. I could boil the 6 gallons required to do a 5 gallon batch on my gas stove, but I set the pot across 2 burners to get a little more heat. I took a while to get the pot to a boil, but I could do it.

As far as pot size, don't get anything less than 8 gallons. Bigger is better.

mozicodo 05-11-2007 09:01 PM

I would go for a pot large enough to boil 10 gallons if you're planning on ending up there. The general rule is that equipment can still be used for one batch size down. I guess a 15 gallon pot would be the appropriate size for a 10 gallon boil.

You may be able to find a great deal on a burner which includes a 8 gallon pot for a minor amount more than a burner alone. In this case, you can wait on the 15 gallon pot. This is what I did.

fritz_monroe 05-11-2007 09:45 PM

I know I can get a turkey fryer and a 30 qt. pot, but those are all aluminum. I'm not a big fan of aluminum pots. I guess it would be ok for a short term thing, but I would definately want to go to a bigger SS pot. I do want to get out of the kitchen, so this might be the right way to go.

When I make the cooler MLT, I know I'm going to step up a bit in case I want to go to 10 gallon batches. I still bottle, so I won't go to bigger batches. The only thing I find a PITA is capping. I've used EZ-caps and growlers to minimize the pain. But I do a lot of camping, so kegs aren't in my near future. Party pigs or the other portable keg thing might work.

kleinbeer 05-12-2007 04:53 AM

You should notice a difference in a full boil because you will be able to get the best of any hop additions, also full boil helps in kepping everything clean and that makes for better beer.

If you think you might go 10gal then get it now so as you only outlay the money once. might take bit longer to get all the gear but it will be worth it if you do step up.

S/S is always better:mug:

God Emporer BillyBrew 05-14-2007 01:56 PM

Just know that you MUST have a chiller if you're going that way.

fritz_monroe 05-14-2007 10:20 PM

Yep, that's one thing on my list of equipment to get. I think that will be on the father's day list.

olllllo 05-14-2007 10:39 PM

You're going to need to have an oxygenation strategy. When you do full volume boils, you will be removing O2 from the water that your yeast will so deperately need for survival.

Yooper 05-15-2007 12:10 AM

exactly what they said- the brew pot and wort chiller can be used now, and then used later when you go AG. A full boil does make a difference- it's closer to AG procedure and gives you better hops utilization.

gator 05-15-2007 12:30 AM


Originally Posted by God Emporer BillyBrew
Just know that you MUST have a chiller if you're going that way.

are you referring to the 10 gallon size and needing a chiller........or, you need a chiller for full boils?


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