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Old 06-06-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default New brew kettle, is this overkill for extract?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/boile...on-kettle.html
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...n-megapot.html
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/polar...10-gallon.html

Most extract kits only ask for 2.5 gallons but I heard if I go all grain I should have 10 gallon so if I'm going to drop this much I might as well do it right. My question is will this still work well with extract kits since it will only be holding 2.5 gallons? With the addons work with such little liquid?


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Old 06-06-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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well going that route you can do full boils now instead of starting with 2.5 gallons. the 10 gallon pot would be perfect for 5 gallon batches. I have the 15 and 25 gallon megapots and still just do extract. 6 gallons in the smaller pot just barely goes over the thermometer probe tho.


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Old 06-06-2011, 10:27 PM   #3
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Don't follow the instructions with the kit if you have that big of a pot. I started with extract kits with a 10 gallon pot doing full boils. Now I do all- grain and it works great.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:30 PM   #4
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I can't really say right now. I recommend that you buy the 10 gal pot, and send it to me for some testing for several months and then I can give a good answer.
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/boile...on-kettle.html
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http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...n-megapot.html
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/polar...10-gallon.html

Most extract kits only ask for 2.5 gallons but I heard if I go all grain I should have 10 gallon so if I'm going to drop this much I might as well do it right. My question is will this still work well with extract kits since it will only be holding 2.5 gallons? With the addons work with such little liquid?
Quite a nice pot. Do full boils but add most of the extract with 15 minutes left in the boil is the most common suggestions. It is supposed to avoid making the brew more dark than called for in any particular recipe.
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I would definitely recommend the larger kettle and doing the extract with full boil, which would mean you would have about 6.5 gallons in your pot pre-boil. I started doing extracts in a 8 gallon kettle and I'm already wishing I had put the money out for a 15 gallon. If you know you are going to want to move into all grain I would suggest you invest in the large pot right off the bat, assuming you have the funds. I'm doing partial mashes right now but I can't move to all grain until I have the money to invest in a larger pot.
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I dont think i have ever heard the words overkill used in conjunction with brew hardware...just ask Yuri
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:12 AM   #8
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Every time I get a pot, I wish I would have gotten a bigger one
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I think the 10G blichman is the best quality-wise. Def a top shelf brand. I'd go with that,since it's big enough for 5 or 6 gallon brews.
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Most extract kits only ask for 2.5 gallons....
Not really. Most extract kits have you boiling 2.5 gallons and then topping off with another 2.5-3 gallons. Once you start doing full boils, I think you'll be much happier with the beer you make. The 10g is fine. To make 5g batches in a 15g kettle is a bit of overkill, unless you think you'll end up making 10g batches eventually.....


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