Boiling pot size for single/doube batches ? Aluminum ?
I was wondering around a department store when I happened to find a 68L pot with lid. But its aluminum. The price is right, especially compared to an equivalent SS pot.
I want to brew double batches, 12 gallons racked into the Better Bottle secondary fermentors. With trub and losses and such I figure I need at least 13 gallons into the primary fermentors, plastic buckets. That probably means I need 14+ gallons going into the brew pot at the start of the boil.
Right now I am using a keg cut off below the handles. It holds 14 gallons. Not enough. I have a virgin keg that would give me a 15.5 gallon brewpot, but I figure that is cutting it too close.
So the 68Q aluminum pot would give me 17 gallons.
I also want to brew single batches, using the same kettle if I can. I'd be boiling 7 gallons of wort.
Is 17 gallons too small for a double batch ? Too large for a single batch ?
Does an aluminum pot last as long as a SS pot ?
Does one ever have to worry about overheating an aluminum pot with a big burner ?
Getting back into brewing...