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Old 11-21-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default So I bought this pot...

Today while shopping I found a SS 16qt-18L Stock pot made from 555 stainless steel at Home Hardware.

It was on sale from 30$ to 10$, ive been looking for a small pot for specialty grains and small indoor 5gl batches. This pot is really really light, will I be ok using this?

Ive heard about scorching? and is this pot big enough to do 4gl boils? Or am I pushing it?

Thanks for all feedback.

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Old 11-21-2010, 08:53 PM   #2
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Well its a 4 gallon pot so I think a 4 gallon boil is asking for problems. You only need about 2 1/2 or 3 gallons to boil for a 5 gallon batch, so the pot is fine, just don't fill it to full

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Old 11-21-2010, 08:58 PM   #3
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It won't do a full 4 gal boil since you need space above the wort for the active boil but I've been using my cheap ($4) stock pots over four years and the only problem is the oldest one had the curl over or lip develope a small crack so it's out of service for safety reasons. Scorching has not been a problem either.

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Old 11-21-2010, 08:59 PM   #4
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It will not be big enough for a 4 gallon boil as 16qt = 4gal. Not enough head room to prevent a boil over.

Many stainless pots are quite light, especially the inexpensive ones. As long as you take it off the flame when adding LME or any thick liquid, and keep the liquid stired until the LME it is completely disolved, I don't think scorching will be a big problem, though it can happen with any pot.

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:33 PM   #5
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Does a 3 gallon boil seem reasonable and I guess I top it up in the fermentor?

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:38 PM   #6
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^^^ Probably, do a test run with water and find out.

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Old 11-22-2010, 01:40 PM   #7
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Even if you start making beer outside on propane, doing full boils, 4gal is plenty of water for a sparge (either partial-mash or all-grain). Good buy!

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