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Old 07-25-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Hello all, I have been brewing beer in the Mr Beer kits for a little while now and want to move up to 5 gal batches. My question is what size brew pot do i need? I plan on doing extracts and as I get better want to go to all grain. I also have a glass top stove and was wandering about getting a turkey fryer kit for the burner, good idea? Thanks in advance. You guys are all great here!!

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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In your case,the turkey frier burner & kettle may be your best bet. Or a 20qt (5G) SS kettle with a double walled bottom so it sits flat on the glass cooktop.
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If you're going to be doing full boils, you'll need a 7-8 gallon kettle. I do full boil, 5 gallon batches, and bring between 6.5-7 gallons of wort to my 8 gallon brew kettle. Its a little tight, but I dont do a vigorous boil, so I dont worry about boil overs much. If you're not doing full boils yet, you wont need all that room. But, its better to buy one kettle instead of 2, especially if you will be doing all grain soon enough.

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:15 PM   #4
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I've only been brewing for a little while, but got good advice from others that have been brewing longer than I have. I have a 10 gallon brew pot and like it because even though I'm only using 6 gallons of water, the extra space really helps to avoid boil-overs. I know many people say only stainless steel, but I went aluminum and haven't had a problem. Also, should I switch to all-grain, there is enough room in there for that too. If I'd known then what I know now, which is thinking about doing double batches, I'd have gone for a 15-gallon kettle, but you also have to consider cost. As for a burner, I've only used a 210K BTU banjo burner. It's a little more expensive than the 80K BTU on, but for $20-30 more, it saves a lot of time reaching a boil.

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If you are doing a full volume boil, I'd say 8 gallons is the minimum I'd go with and 10 would be better. You are going to need to start with 6-7 gallons to finish with 5+, so 8 is cutting it pretty close.

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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I love my 10 gal. Aluminium pot. It will allow you to easily do all grain brew in a bag without purchasing extra equipment. Mine was $40 shipped from ebay. (Another $15 for the lid.)

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3 gals is the standard for extract brews I think.

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I have a 6 gallon pot that actually holds 7ish if you filled it to the brim. I tried a full boil with 6 gallons and it boiled over on me, so if I had it to do again I would have bought an 8 or 10 gallon.

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We have a 4G & a 5 gallon SS BK's for our partial boils. Good for anything from extract to partial mash. We usually do 2.5-3 gallon boils with no more than about 1 quart boil off. We make 5 to 6 gallon batches with these. The 4 gallon seems to boil much easier on the large electric burners due to matching the diameter of the BK to the burner.
If you want to do full boils,the stove won't be hot enough to get it to a boil quickly. But for what I started with to what will be,the 4 or 5 gallon will be plenty since partial boils work for extract to partial mash.
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Ok. When u guys say full boil, you mean all grain brewing right. I have a chance to get a 4 gal as pot for like $12. Good deal?

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