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Old 07-29-2013, 03:52 PM   #11
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I got a 10 gal last Christmas and it suits me fine for 5.5 gal batches.
(Aluminum $49.00)

I decided I was not a good enough brewer yet, nor can I drink enough beer to do 10 gal batches.

Bottling 10 gal at a time would also suck.

One day, I will be kegging and have my process down and then I might be ready to do larger batches, but that day is not here yet.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:22 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by keatz85 View Post
I'm going All-Grain very soon. Looks like being able to grow into doing 10 gal batches is the best route. As I was recently hauling my 5 gallon fermenter around, I started wondering is it possible to work with a 15 gal kettle without a spigot?
Depends on what you're doing. Moving hot liquid and you'll want the valve. Just moving cooled wort and you can probably get away with siphoning.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:25 PM   #13
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I use a 5 gallon pot, doing 4 gallon boils, and topping off with 2 gallons of water. Using beersmith helps get my hop calculations correct.

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Old 07-29-2013, 11:01 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by snow145532 View Post
So I'm looking to make the move to All Grain brewing already. Only on my second batch, but i like the idea of controlling more in my beer. So my girlfriend is going to buy me a pot for my b-day (awesome) and i'm trying to decide on the correct size. I only plan on doing 5 gallon batches and from what i'm reading with batch sparging techniques, you need to boil around 6.5 gallons to get to your 5 gallon batch size? Does this 30qt pot look good, or should I up the size to a 10 gallon pot?
thanks for any input
8 would be min, i have zero problems with my 9 gallon pot from

9 Gallon Pot with Weld + SS Ball Valve is $60 cheaper.

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Old 07-30-2013, 02:03 AM   #15
Dec 2012
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I used the 7 gallon pot that comes with the Target turkey fryer kit for a couple of batches. I found that a nominal 5 gallon batch recipe was really pushing the limits, even using FermCap in the boil it was ridiculously easy to get a boilover.

I bought a 15 gallon pot from Amazon for $60, which should cover me for 10 gallon batches too. Bigger than that means I'm upgrading my mash tun too.

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