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Old 10-21-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default 8 gallon or 10 gallon kettle for full boil extract

I'm looking at the 8 and 10 gallon megapots .Which would be best to do full boil extract? And how are these pots?


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Old 10-21-2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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I'm looking at the 8 and 10 gallon megapots .Which would be best to do full boil extract? And how are these pots?
I have the 10 and wish I had the 8. 10 gallons, IMHO is a useless size. Too big to use as a boil kettle for 5 gallon batches and obviously too small for a boil kettle for 10 gallon batches. Another (minor) drawback is the 10 gallon has a very large surface area compared to the volume, so you'll likely lose more water in your boil than normal, but like I said, that's probably pretty minor.

Other than that, they are very well built pots. Tough as nails, thick and nice heavy, thick bottms with an aluminum core for better hear distribution.

I'm happy with mine, just wish I had the 8 gallon instead.

Too bad I still didn't live in NJ...I'd sell you my 10 for a deal.


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Old 10-21-2011, 07:38 PM   #3
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There is no such thing as a too big boil kettle.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:43 PM   #4
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There is no such thing as a too big boil kettle.
Well, for doing 5 gallon batches the cost of the extra 2 gallons is not justified, IMHO. An 8 gallon pot can handle any 5 gallon extract recipe. If all the OP is gonna do is 5 gallon extract batches he'll save $$ by going with the 8.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:48 PM   #5
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I do five in a 60 qt. kettle. I need 100.

Save money with aluminum.
http://www.amazon.com/Winware-Profes...9226668&sr=8-3

http://www.instawares.com/aluminum-s....htm?view=list
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So an 8 is more than enough for full boil extract?Or do you have to really be careful with boil overs in an 8 compared to a 10?
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I probably won't get into all grain but maybe a partial mash.....maybe
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I'd go with the 10 gallon as well. Price might be a little more but it gives you more room for doing different sized batches in the future and more headspace to prevent boil overs. Unless you are really penny pinching there's little reason not to go with a 10 gallon. I went to a 10 and am glad I did. Be aware though, if you are brewing on your stove top 5+ gallons (typically 6.25 or so for boil off) might not be able to keep a rolling boil going depending on your stove. Mine couldn't handle it so I switched to boiling outside on a burner and couldn't be happier - cuts a ton of time off of brew day as temps are achieved way faster.


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I've been doing full, or near-full, boils in a 7.5 gallon pot. If you invest in fermcap-s and you're a little cautious, you can avoid boil-overs at that size. If you want to buy yourself a little breathing room though, and leave yourself the room to do a 90 or 120 minute boil (you'll boil off more), the 10 gallon pot is a good choice.
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If you are brewing 5-gallon batches then I would recommend getting the 10-gallon kettle.


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