I would advise to go ahead and get something BIGGER because the last thing you want is to get settled into a pot and decide to step up in batch size and have to sell it and start over.
I got a Bayou Classic stock pot that was about nine gallons. After only three five-gallon brews, I got really comfortable with process and decided to do eight gallon batches and ferment in 10 gallon corny kegs. Well, it is possible to do eight gallons in a nine gallon pot, but not very safe. So I sold my pot to someone intending to convert a keg into a boil pot. By then, of course, I had spent more than I was keeping track of and didn't really recoup my initial investment in the very nice kettle I started with. So I had to sell the keg to make some money back and now I'm not brewing because I've got nothing to brew in and a spending category in the red.
I said, "I'll never need to go bigger than five gallons". Now I can't even brew that.
- Brewin' and 'Quein' since last Tuesday.
Bottling the Belgian: A Photo Odyssey
Beer is the mind-killer. Beer is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my beer. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. When the beer has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.