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Old 03-08-2013, 02:31 AM   #11
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There's a 36qt KEttle with Burner for $80.99 here...this is what I was considering...not big enough??
Unfortunately, that's not quite big enough for 5-gallon BIAB batches.

36 qt does work fine for extract brews or if you use a mash tun. That's the size I use, but I don't BIAB.


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I'm not sure I understand, I've seen lots of videos on YouTube where the person does a BIAB using a 6Galloon pot?



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Don't cheap out and get anything less than 10 gallons (I agree that 15G is best).

I thought my 8.5G would be fine for 5G batches but anytime I want to do a 90 minute boil the 7G I need to start with is close enough to capacity to risk boil overs.

Go with at least a 10G kettle. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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I'm not sure I understand, I've seen lots of videos on YouTube where the person does a BIAB using a 6Galloon pot?
If you want to do a full boil you need an even larger pot if you want to do 5 gallon BIAB batches (because you add all of your brewing water at the beginning). According to BeerSmith, a 5G BIAB Batch of a Mild with a starting gravity of 1.033 requires 8.63 gallons of water at the mash.

Anyone you see doing 5G BIAB batches in a 6 gallon pot is almost certainly doing a partial boil. Either that, or they are topping off with supplemental water as it boils off.
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I'm not sure I understand, I've seen lots of videos on YouTube where the person does a BIAB using a 6Galloon pot?
I'm just guessing but those may have been 2.5 or 3 gallon batches.
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Two weeks ago my wife bought me the Bayou Classic 16 gallon spigot pot (model 1064). I brewed a 5 gal extract with it last weekend and I love it. Now I can do 10 gal in the future. I went this route after reading a lot of people don't use the steamer basket. It was pretty inexpensive too (comparatively), I think 160 or something like that.

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At the end of the video I saw, he topped off a Gallon or two, is that not acceptable? I was only looking at that particular 38QT item becuase its the largest piece that this large Chain Store sells here. Otherwise, there are tonnes of Bayou Classic pots that I could buy off Ebay for now and get a burner when summer rolls around. I wanted to purchase only 1 pot and use it for both outdoor and indoor use.

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I have a 10gal Bayou Classic. Couldnt be happier. Its as big as my gas stove can handle (well...barely handle!) and still lets me do 15+ lbs of grain easily (did 14 last week @1.25qt/lb and still had a gal or two left).

No, I wont be able to do super high gravity barleywines without DME or some sort of sugar, but thats ok. I only do those maybe once a year.

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Just came across a standard Aluminum Stock Pot of 48L for $59.99 (12G or 50QT)

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How would I know much my range can boil that much wort?

I have a regular electric range. Do you think it's powerful enough?
Most likely not.....


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