Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Don't have a 4-5 gallon pot...
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-30-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
drb471
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 9
Likes Given: 4

Default Don't have a 4-5 gallon pot...

Last weekend I finally took the next step from the Mr Beer kits, and got a bigger kit during a road trip to Tucson. I don't recall the name of the store, but I was blown away the moment I walked in there, and the sales guy was awesome.

Anyhow, the kit consists of a 5 gallon fermenting bucket, and 5 gallon bottling bucket, with all other accessories. However, I don't have a 5 gallon stock pot. I've been combing all of the local thrift stores hoping to find one, as I've seen what the can cost in department stores, and brewing stores. Is there a way around this in the meantime? Is it possible to steep the grains in a smaller pot, and make up for it when adding to the fermenting bucket? Yes, a total "newbie" question, I know...

__________________
drb471 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
moscoeb
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Richmond, KY
Posts: 421
Liked 60 Times on 43 Posts

Default

Get a 20qt stock pot, use 2.5-3 gal then top off to 5-6 in fermenter.
Called partial boil, used very commonly, and with great success.
Full boil is better if possible, but sometimes not able to do on stovetop, and the pot can be more expensive, and you will need a chiller instead of using cold top off water.

__________________
moscoeb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
amandabab
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: spokane, wa
Posts: 1,971
Liked 237 Times on 182 Posts
Likes Given: 446

Default

a 20 quart/5 gallon enamal stock/canning pot is 19.95 at walmart. perfect for partial boil 5 gallon batches.

sure, it will chip in a decade or so, yes it's slightly less efficient for cooling in an ice bath, but lots of beer has been made in them.

__________________
amandabab is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
jesserizzo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Posts: 87
Liked 12 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

As stated above, topping off in the fermenter is no problem, but a full boil is slightly better. If/when you decide to go full boil, you will be starting out with 6 or 6.5 gallons of liquid, and need to allow plenty of head space to avoid boilovers, so I'd go with no less than an 8 gallon pot. You can check ebay, and homebrewfinds.com for deals on big pots. And don't shy away from aluminum, it's fine.

__________________
jesserizzo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
unionrdr
Wannabe author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 31,023
Liked 2270 Times on 1976 Posts
Likes Given: 1703

Default

I've been using the same 5 gallon 20QT stock pot that I started with. I'm up to PB/PM BIAB atm. A wind up with 3.5 gallons boil volume after the mash & sparge.Top off in the fermenter to 5 or 6 gallons,depending on the recipe.

__________________
Everything works if ya let it-Roady(meatloaf)
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2013, 07:39 PM   #6
jflongo
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,231
Liked 64 Times on 57 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by drb471 View Post
Last weekend I finally took the next step from the Mr Beer kits, and got a bigger kit during a road trip to Tucson. I don't recall the name of the store, but I was blown away the moment I walked in there, and the sales guy was awesome.

Anyhow, the kit consists of a 5 gallon fermenting bucket, and 5 gallon bottling bucket, with all other accessories. However, I don't have a 5 gallon stock pot. I've been combing all of the local thrift stores hoping to find one, as I've seen what the can cost in department stores, and brewing stores. Is there a way around this in the meantime? Is it possible to steep the grains in a smaller pot, and make up for it when adding to the fermenting bucket? Yes, a total "newbie" question, I know...

Look at all of your local LARGE grocery stores that sell kitchen items as well. I was able to pick up a 20qt SS pot for $19.99 on sale. I also bought a 30qt SS pot for $49.99(wasn't on sale) as well, and it has a strainer inside it.
__________________

Go Spartans!!

http://www.youtube.com/MrSparty1995

jflongo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-31-2013, 12:09 AM   #7
drb471
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 9
Likes Given: 4

Default

By "enamel", do you mean the porcelain black pots with white speckles? Hopefully so, because that's what I ended up getting. Guaranteed to "not alter the taste, texture, or color of food".

__________________
drb471 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-31-2013, 12:14 AM   #8
amandabab
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: spokane, wa
Posts: 1,971
Liked 237 Times on 182 Posts
Likes Given: 446

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by drb471 View Post
By "enamel", do you mean the porcelain black pots with white speckles? Hopefully so, because that's what I ended up getting. Guaranteed to "not alter the taste, texture, or color of food".
yes.
That pot will work.
__________________
amandabab is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-31-2013, 12:56 AM   #9
jstraight
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Cassadaga, NY
Posts: 86
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

drb471
Sent you a pm

__________________

Retirement is great! Brew beer, fly fish and watch baseball, it doesn't get any better! John

jstraight is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-31-2013, 03:40 AM   #10
doubletapbrewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 108
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I use a granite ware enamled stock pot that looks exactly like the one you described. Has worked great so far.

__________________
doubletapbrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Igloo industrial cooler vs Rubbermaid, 2 gallon vs 3 gallon, partial mash tun Stein Equipment/Sanitation 4 10-22-2014 02:49 AM
8 Gallon Batch - 10 Gallon Kettle - (2) 5 Gallon Carboys BassBeer Extract Brewing 6 10-07-2012 09:23 PM
Excessive head space (1 gallon in 5 gallon bucket) a problem during primary? Peppers16 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 05-28-2012 10:17 AM
10 gallon and 5 gallon rubbermaid water coolers delivered for 68 bucks. RedOctober Equipment/Sanitation 6 12-12-2008 06:33 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS