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Old 11-08-2012, 07:22 PM   #11
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Go at least 10 gallons for a kettle. I started in March of this year and I bought a very nice 8 gallon kettle. After two full boils, I found a keg and made a keggle. I now have a very nice ($$) 8 gallon pot sitting on a shelf.

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:39 PM   #12
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Are you a DIY guy? Check out the homemade cooler thread and get started on that. Best investment I've made for 50 bucks. Here's the link to that thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/cheap-easy-10-gallon-rubbermaid-mlt-conversion-23008/ It's easy and it works great.

Extra propane tank sure.
Hey thanks for the link. We are going to be sourcing parts for this today or tomorrow.


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Old 11-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #13
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I'm getting into AG and was wondering... If you have a 7.5 gal BK and your post-boil wort is less than 5 gal, would adding water to the fermenter (like in extract brewing) work out okay?

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:37 PM   #14
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If the total gravity is accounted for. My pm kit accounted for the biab being a partial boil as well. Worked out really well. OG range was 1.042-1.046,I got 1.044. FG range was 1.010-1.012. Got FG 1.012 with a mash temp of about 156F. I mashed 5lbs in 1.5 gallons od water & sparged with another 1.5 gallons to get those numbers. Hope this helps a little...
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:45 PM   #15
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I've been looking around at kettle pots and I can only find 36 quart locally and for a reasonable price. To add another 4 quarts it makes the price jump about $100. Also I'm looking at aluminum instead of stainless. Stainless is triple the price and I don't see any reason to use it other than starsan can go directly in the pot.

From my canning experience, I use vinegar and boils to clean oxidation.

So would it be ok to use 36 quarts for an all grain setup instead of 40?

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:14 PM   #16
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Go with a ten gallon SS, for the extra capacity, you can convert it to a HLT later if you want to step up your BK and go to a 3V system. i feel like the only port you need in it to start is ball valve close to the bottom (I'm in the same position you are, planning and growing my system). I feel like all other Ports just make for more cleaning. You can always drill more holes if you think you need them later.

Maybe think about a plate chiller, if you get a BK like that.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:19 PM   #17
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I started in January and I was doing 1 gallon batches. Now I am doing 5 Gallons and I am using my neighbors Turkey Fryer. I just ordered my own Burner and Pot from Amazon

A 44QT SS pot and buner for $128 is not to shabby.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:01 PM   #18
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I am using an 8 gallon stainless, happy with it but I havent done an all grain yet. Many people use aluminum and are fine with it. It takes less heat input to get your wort boiling, better heat transfer. Harder to clean properly, easier scratching, less money. You could start boiling your AG wort, add the rest when it fits. Probly affect efficiency a bit.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:17 PM   #19
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This burner works great, gotta hurry though!

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:49 PM   #20
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You asked the question about the size of the kettle, and about five different people told you 10 gallons. If you want to ignore that fine, but why post the question?



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