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Old 11-24-2010, 04:28 AM   #1
Nov 2010
City, Texas
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Hi all:

New brewer here. Bought some equipment and made my first brew the other day. I used a cheap 4 gallon pot to brew and while it worked, it definitely motivated me to get a better kettle (and to make a wort chiller, but that's a different story).

Any recommendations on kettles that will let me avoid future upgrades? I'm thinking that a kettle well-suited for doing all-grain batches a keg (generally 5 gallons, yes?) at a time gives me about as much room for growth as I think I'll ever need.

My current thoughts are that a 10 gallon kettle would let me do full-boil all-grain batches of 5-gallon brews. I also thought a built-in spigot and thermometer would be a worthwhile investment. A sight glass seems like a useful feature, but I'm not sure if that's just the newbie in me getting bright-eyed over any and all gadgets.

Any input or suggestions?



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Old 11-24-2010, 04:33 AM   #2
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May 2009
North Liberty, Iowa
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Like your idea of going for the larger size kettle. For 5 gallon finished you may want to have 8 gallon capacity. I went with 8 gallon at first but quickly wished I had moved toward the 10 gallon size so I could do some 6 gallon recipes where I keg 3 gallons and bottle 3 gallons to give away as samples.
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:36 AM   #3
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i have a 15 gallon keggle. wouldn't change to any other
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:42 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by lumpher View Post
i have a 15 gallon keggle. wouldn't change to any other

My Keggle Build
Primary: Dry Dock Breakwater Pale Ale, Raspberry Wheat, Cream Ale, Rye IPA,
Secondary: Brandy Oak Irish Red
Keg: Belgian Black & Mild, Golden Dragon 10.9%, American Brown Ale, Devil's Sin Amber IPA, Boundry Waters Pale Ale

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