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Old 04-17-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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I just bought the 20 gallon Boilermaker. I have gone through 2 brew kettles already and decided it's time to stop wasting money on cheap things and buy something of quality. I obviously very much enjoy this hobby (though, everyone that knows me considers this an obsession for me). My problem is this:

Currently, I've only done 5 gallon batches. I know that in the future, I'll build my own brew rig, but right now, that's impractical. I brew with propane in very limited space on my patio, but I can't build it yet. I am planning to step up to 10 gallon all grain, but from the reviews I read, a 20 gallon boilermaker is impractical for this, mostly because of the thermometer. I don't really want to buy their 10 gallon just to step up to the 20 in a few years. Is it too impractical to use this for 5 gallons? Should I just get a longer thermometer, etc?

Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-17-2010, 08:30 PM   #2
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i will buy your ten gallon boilermaker when you are ready to step up to the twenty, i always need more pots

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:21 PM   #3
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So did you buy it or are you planning on buying it?

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:22 PM   #4
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I have a pending order, but time to change it

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:20 PM   #5
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We just released a hole plug kit so you can relocate the thermo to a lower position for smaller batches. But 5 gal is going to sit awfully low in a 20gal pot. One thought would be to get a 15gal pot and then when you're ready to move to a 3 pot 10gal system you can use it for a mashtun or HLT.

You can also check my BoilerMaker web page selection guide tab where I discuss pot selection for multiple batch sizes....

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:33 PM   #6
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I think I'll move up to 10 gallons now. I have 3 recipes I put together (5 gallons) to finish and then I can move up to 10 gallons.

Where is that page by the way?

Would there be any problem other than the thermometer with 5 gallons in a 20 gallon pot?

 
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:56 PM   #7
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The other issue is you'll get a pretty significant boil off % which you'll need to compensate for...15-20%??? But honestly, if you're doing all the work for an all-grain batch I'd never do just 5 gal. Even if you don't drink that much you can split it with a fellow brewer. I have a friend that I brew with and we always do 20 gal batches and split it. If I only want to brew 5gal I usually just do an extract recipe.

 
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:10 AM   #8
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I did 10g batches for a while because they were just as easy as a 5g. But now I find I would rather brew 5g batches so I can brew more often and more variations of the same beer.

So, my suggestion is make sure whatever you end up with you always have the option of brewing either size.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:42 AM   #9
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My progression of boil kettles: 5, 7.5, 15, 25 and 55 gallons. More beer is better...

 
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:51 AM   #10
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I do 5 and 10 gallon batches in my 15 gallon kettle and it works extremely well for both sizes. You just have to dial your burner intensity down if you're doing a smaller batch. I could probably do a 2 gallon batch in my kettle without a problem.

 
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