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Old 07-02-2009, 05:28 PM   #11
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Definitely go bigger if you can. My 30 qt works, but I'd really like something bigger. Here is a 40 qt for <$35. The 60 qt is about $45 .

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:29 PM   #12
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The problem is you have to sit and watch the boil the entire time. Or at least I do. I tried once to keep a gallon of wort to the side to top in the boil as it evaporated, but that didn't well because you'd lose your boil every time you added more cool wort.

 
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:11 AM   #13
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With cash to burn, go bigger for convenience.

With no cash to burn, 7.5 is absolutely fine and dandy.

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Old 07-03-2009, 01:15 AM   #14
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You guys advising all this caution are CRAZY. I use a 30qt from a turkey fryer kit as my primary boil pot and it works like a charm. I do 6.5 gallon boils in it no sweat. Just watch it around the hot break.
Not all pots are created equal. Some pots that claim 30 qt are 30 qt plus a little breathing space. Some like mine are 30 qt right to the very rim with cool water. Hot water expands and uses more volume than cool water. My 30 qt pot would be right at the rim with 6.5 gallons of 212 degree water. YMMV.
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:27 AM   #15
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OK,

I'll try it with my 7 1/2 pot, as I am short on cash. I have been using it with full boil extracts, starting with about six and a half then adding additions and boil off leaves me exactly five gallons. I'll probably be fine then. If anything I'll have to top off my primary since its a 90 min boil. I picked up a granite pot to use to collect first runnings while I heat the sparg water for the fly sparg today at Wally World (damn I hate that place) as well as two giant tubs to improve my swamp cooler setup. I ordered "Stepping up to All Grain" and "Low Tech Lagering" and plan to build that cooler in the near future, but they will do for now. I've been running high on my fermentation temps using really large dish pans as swamp coolers, but not too bad. This should really help in the short run.

If it doesn't work out I'll use that link to the Sam's Club pot. Thanks.

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Old 07-03-2009, 03:31 AM   #16
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Not all pots are created equal. Some pots that claim 30 qt are 30 qt plus a little breathing space. Some like mine are 30 qt right to the very rim with cool water. Hot water expands and uses more volume than cool water. My 30 qt pot would be right at the rim with 6.5 gallons of 212 degree water. YMMV.
At 6 1/2 gallons boiling gently, plus all extract additions mine is about and inch and 1/2 from the rim. I use a blowtorch type burner outside, so the worst that could happen is a little extra scrubbing.
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:01 PM   #17
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You guys advising all this caution are CRAZY. I use a 30qt from a turkey fryer kit as my primary boil pot and it works like a charm. I do 6.5 gallon boils in it no sweat. Just watch it around the hot break.
I certainly may be crazy but I am also lazy and cautious as well. I have been boiling 4.5 gallon batches for 3.75 gallon batched in a 5 gallon pot. It is a total PITA but I like AG brewing so that is what I was doing. I recently purchased a 10 gallon Polarware kettle and it well worth the extra cash. Williams sells a pretty well priced 10 gallon kettle at a very reasonable price. Sure it can be done but regretting will cost more in the end because most will end up with a 10 and a 7 gallon kettle.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:53 PM   #18
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I certainly may be crazy but I am also lazy and cautious as well. I have been boiling 4.5 gallon batches for 3.75 gallon batched in a 5 gallon pot. It is a total PITA but I like AG brewing so that is what I was doing. I recently purchased a 10 gallon Polarware kettle and it well worth the extra cash. Williams sells a pretty well priced 10 gallon kettle at a very reasonable price. Sure it can be done but regretting will cost more in the end because most will end up with a 10 and a 7 gallon kettle.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:20 AM   #19
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I used a 7 gallon kettle for a long time and it was a real pain always watching the boil and constantly adjusting the flame; until I discovered Fermcap. With that I was able get a nice rolling boil without any worries of a boil over. Foam Control (FermCapS)(1 oz) | MoreBeer

 
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:36 AM   #20
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I have a 7.5 gallon SS brewpot, like yours, exactly to the rim. I used it for extract brewing, and decided that it would serve for AG until something better came along. I wasn't even going to try to fight boilover with 6.5 gal of wort, though, so I just did some research (on this forum, among other places), and came up with the answer: Fermcap-S. Ten drops in the boil, no boilover, it doesn't even try to foam. Believe it. And since I don't go for the extreme "volcanic" boils, just a nice barely rolling boil, I have no problems.
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