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Old 11-09-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Given the choice which would you choose?

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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I'd go with 14 just in case one day i wanted 10 gallons at atime.

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:25 PM   #3
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Yes, 14 ALMOST overkill.

7 definitely too small.

Go big.

(Although 2 7s might be sweet.)

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:33 PM   #4
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I'll take a 14, thanks Tx! I'll PM you my address.

Real answer, I'd probably go with a 7, just because it's more apt to fit in the fermentation fridge and because I don't see myself going to bigger batches... really, ever.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:33 PM   #5
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My new recipes & big beers are always 5g, the tried and true are usually 10g, so.... 14...

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:35 PM   #6
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14 gal as I usually brew 10 gal batches... and I'd like 2 please.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:37 PM   #7
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14 here...I once tried fitting 11 Gallons into my 7.5 Gal Ale Pale. I am assuming the results would be similar with a 7 Gallon Conical.

Seriously, I never brewed anything bigger then a 5 Gal batch but I just purchased a 15Gal pot with the intention of starting 10 Gal batches...so definitely a 14.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:42 PM   #8
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no-brainer... 14..

a 14 isn't going to be "too big" for a five gallon batch... but a 7 will get too small really quick and handcuff you in the future. If you're going to spend the cash, get the 14.

... or you could save $600 and use a 15.5 gal sanke. Just sayin'.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:46 PM   #9
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All depends on what your size batches your brewing. That being said I voted for a 7.

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:55 PM   #10
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I would want the 14. It is amazing how few 5 gallon all grain batches it takes before you start thiniking: "Heck I'm doing all this work already, why not maximize the output and up it to 10 gallon batches? The extra volume adds like 30 mins to the process if you fly sparge. So why not mash the max possible and add a lil' dme as needed?"
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