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Old 03-08-2013, 03:45 PM   #21
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:43 PM   #22
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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.
I brew all-grain with an 8 gallon kettle and regularly start with between 7 and 7.2 gallons. I rarely have boil over problems except the one time I screwed up and sparged with too much water. I ended up with wort up to 1/2" of the top of the kettle.

I also use Fermcap-S and would recommend it to anyone.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:36 PM   #23
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I tried to brew my first batch on my electric stove (it's a Kenmore and pretty decent) and barely got a 2.5 gal of wort to boil. There is no way I could even think of doing a 5 or more gal boil on it.

I've since moved to my turkey fryer burner. I would have used it with my first brew if I had known how long it would take to get a boil.

Just my 2 cents...

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Old 03-08-2013, 06:06 PM   #24
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Then there's the heat stick. I just built a smaller element version, super easy. I used JB Water Weld to make it watertight. Combined with the cook top it should be boil. I'm going to throw a higher wattage stick together next and take the whole operation to the basement.

But, I'm still shopping for a cheap kettle so don't take my word for it.

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Old 03-08-2013, 06:43 PM   #25
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I brew all-grain with an 8 gallon kettle and regularly start with between 7 and 7.2 gallons. I rarely have boil over problems except the one time I screwed up and sparged with too much water. I ended up with wort up to 1/2" of the top of the kettle.

I also use Fermcap-S and would recommend it to anyone.
Agreed. You can absolutely make less than 10G work for 5 gallon batches if you are smart and vigilant (I've learned to back the heat off just before the rolling boil).

I've just found myself wishing for the extra capacity so I wouldn't have to stand on the neck of my boil each time.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:47 PM   #26
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You should be able to source a 15 gal Concord SS on Ebay for under $100.00...

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Old 03-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #27
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I was wondering, however, if a 9 gal kettle would do for a BIAB shooting for around 5.5 gal of wort in the fermenter? I was thinking that, perhaps, I could heat 6 gal on the stove to about 168 F and immerse my grains for 1 hour, then when I remove the grain, I could sparge more water over the suspended grains (that will be in a colendar) to ensure that I get 7 gal. Boil for one hour to achieve about 6 gal.

Do you think that would work?

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