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Old 12-28-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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i have read a few things on this site and it always mentions a cook pot. what is a cook pot i have only done 1 batch and in instructions it said mix the concentrate with boiling water and sugar stir until dissolved add cold water yeast and leave for a week bottle for 2 weeks then its ready is this right... and what is the cook pot used for

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Old 12-28-2007, 08:06 PM   #2
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Most folks here have a brewing process that includes at minimum a 60min boil and do full boils of around 6-6.5 gallons on up depending on what size final batch you are looking for. In order to do this you need a large stock pot, kettle, etc.

Check out http://howtobrew.com/intro.html for some great reading.

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Old 12-28-2007, 08:15 PM   #3
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Most folks here have a brewing process that includes at minimum a 60min boil and do full boils of around 6-6.5 gallons on up depending on what size final batch you are looking for. In order to do this you need a large stock pot, kettle, etc.

Check out http://howtobrew.com/intro.html for some great reading.

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but what is it used for why do you use it is it necessary
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:22 PM   #4
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but what is it used for why do you use it is it necessary
People have different brewing methods.

From openning a can of extract and mixing with boiled water...to folks actually crushing their own malted barley and following the same process as moicro breweries.

A cook pot is used to boil your wort. They can range fro 3 gallons for extract brewing to 15-20 gallons for full batch cooking.

A cook pot is essentially just like the copper kettles used in a brewery to boil the sugar water (wort) and add your hops for bittering and flavoring.

Is it necessary for your specific process, doesn't sound like it. Like the previous poster suggested, read up on teh various techniques at www.howtobrew.com.
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:26 PM   #5
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"Cook pot" is just another way of saying "big ass stock pot." Very few of us brew with the kind of no-boil, kit-and-a-kilo kits like it sounds like you have available to you. We just like brewing and having lots more control over the process. Can't do that without a big stock pot or something like that (keg with the top cut off for many of us).

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basically your little recipe kit uses pre-hopped malt extract. so you don't need to boil your stuff to get hop bitterness. boiling only serves to sanitize the wort.

however using pre-hopped kits...well you just limit yourself in a big way. as soon as you use un-hopped extract, you have to add hops, and you'll have to boil it for 60+ minutes to extract the bitterness out of them. this can still be done in small volumes...say 2 gallons, and then you add 3 gallons of cold water to get the final volume.

but if you ask me, the best beers are full boils. which means an 8 gallon stock pot and boiling 6.5 gallons of wort down to 5 gallons of finished product over the course of 60-75 minutes (recipes vary).

technically its a brew pot...not a cook pot.

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