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Old 11-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #11
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I'd actually go with the 40qt kettle kit, for the extra $10...
Why? My fear was it would be too big for indoor brewing (electric stove)... and I thought either would be plenty big for a std 5 gal batch... Please educate me as I'm sure I'm missing some consideration.
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Why? My fear was it would be too big for indoor brewing (electric stove)... and I thought either would be plenty big for a std 5 gal batch... Please educate me as I'm sure I'm missing some consideration.
I wish I had gone with a 10 gallon from the start. Plus it will be of more use later when you have more to boil. IMO, better to go a little bigger now than need to upgrade later. Besides you don't need to fill it up.
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Why do you wish you had a 10 from the start? Are you making double batches now? My understanding was virtually all the kits I've seen were for 5's...

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Why do you wish you had a 10 from the start? Are you making double batches now? My understanding was virtually all the kits I've seen were for 5's...
For up to about 5 gallon batches, a 10 gallon kettle is the best size. You can do it with an 8 gallon, but it can get real tight there. I get about 7 gallons at the end of the boil (getting 6 gallons out of fermenter, into two 3 gallon corny kegs) and have moved to a keggle. If I want a longer boil, a 10 gallon kettle simply won't hold it all. I've even been close in the keggle with a few batches. For the extra $10, it's money well spent.
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Really.. that's good info.. what's filling up all the extra space in the boil? I assumed that 5G was the max and it would boil into less.... i guess I haven't thought it all the way through yet. Can the bigger kettle work on a flat surface electric stove or would I be relegated to my turkey fryer?

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Really.. that's good info.. what's filling up all the extra space in the boil? I assumed that 5G was the max and it would boil into less.... i guess I haven't thought it all the way through yet. Can the bigger kettle work on a flat surface electric stove or would I be relegated to my turkey fryer?
5 gallons is usually your target volume going to bottle. Which means you have more in primary/fermenter, which means you start off with more pre-boil. Depending on your heat source, and such, you'll probably boil off about a gallon per hour. So, if you brew something that calls for a two hour boil, you'll want to start with 7.5-8 gallons pre-boil. Trying to get that into an 8 gallon kettle is really tight. You can do it with using fermcap, or watching it like a hawk and have a spray bottle of water on hand (to knock down the foam).
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Interesting.. I tell you I'm learning a lot today. Thanks for the insights.

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Many of us add at least .5-1 gallon extra to the target post-fermentation volume and make that our target going into fermentation vessel. I typically target 3/4 of a gallon more, so that I don't have to worry about it. Depending on the yeast strain you use, how well it flocculates, how compact the cake becomes, you could get away with adding less. It's all stuff you learn from brewing. The more you brew, the more you learn the oddities of your system and how the ingredients work together. Focus on one (or two) yeast strain(s) so that you can really learn how it works for you.

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