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Old 10-11-2009, 02:49 AM   #1
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Ok guys I sell cookware for a living, and occasionally I will get wholesale catalogues from other companies wanting me to add some of their stuff to the line I sell.I only sell products fron one company and my company does not carry anything huge as it is in home kitchen use stuff....anyway I was looking through a catalogue today and I can get pots from this company anywhere from 16 gallons ---10 gallons----8 gallons---5...on down to small pans. All are stainless steel and fairly heavy construction....OK what size should I be looking at?



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Old 10-11-2009, 03:08 AM   #2
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id go for the 16.

it allows you to go up to 10 gallon batches if you want.

lets you do 5 gallon batches super comfortably.



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id go for the 16.

it allows you to go up to 10 gallon batches if you want.

lets you do 5 gallon batches super comfortably.
Yep and yep. Go for 16.
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damn...gonna have to hire a crew just to move it around!!!

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I have a 15 gallon pot and it works perfectly for 5 or 10 gallon batches. It's aluminum so it's not so heavy to move around. I can't lift it when it's full but then, I don't need to.

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id go for the 16.

it allows you to go up to 10 gallon batches if you want.

lets you do 5 gallon batches super comfortably.
Extract or all-grain? I'm finding that my "five-gallon" batches, which are closer to three with all-grain, are evaporating too much in my 40-quart pot. The resulting wort is very heavy, hard to work with and sometimes even carmelizes slightly on the bottom. God forbid if I try to make a long-boil brew like a Dogfish 90 clone. I'm thinking of downsizing for standard-batch extract brews.
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Extract or all-grain? I'm finding that my "five-gallon" batches, which are closer to three with all-grain, are evaporating too much in my 40-quart pot. The resulting wort is very heavy, hard to work with and sometimes even carmelizes slightly on the bottom. God forbid if I try to make a long-boil brew like a Dogfish 90 clone. I'm thinking of downsizing for standard-batch extract brews.
Maybe collecting a little more wort would help you. For a 5 gallon batch, I start with 8.5 gallons of wort and finish at about 5.5. That way I don't wind up with LME when I'm done.
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Maybe collecting a little more wort would help you. For a 5 gallon batch, I start with 8.5 gallons of wort and finish at about 5.5. That way I don't wind up with LME when I'm done.
Oh heck. I typoed exactly the opposite of what I meant to say. Of course I meant that little liquid with extract, not all grain. Doh!

At any rate, I'm learning to ignore the extract recipies on the subject of water levels.
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Cost of 16 gal pot for good friends on here?

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A 10-gallon kettle is plenty for my 5-gallon batches and does not carry extra cost (or weight or space or possible boil-off problems, depending on the width). However, the 16-gallon would be the one to have if you want to do 10-gallon batches.


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