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Old 05-04-2012, 02:46 AM   #1
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I am looking at brew pots for my first brew. I will likely be doing a partial boil to start off, but I figure I may want to experiment in the future. I am doing 5 gallon batches. I am considering 6, 8, and 10 gallon aluminum pots. The price between them is negligible. I am looking for advice from brewers with more experience on what my best option is. Thank you in advance for the advice.

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:00 AM   #2
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go with the biggest pot that you can... I ended up buying a 52qt aluminum pot after using a 7.5 gallon pot that came with my turkey fryer... the turkey fryer pot didnt contain full boils as well but the 52 qt version is awesome and I can probably do a 10 gallon boil in it (if watch carefully and using fermcap)

Also with the aluminum, make sure you oxidize it first by filling it up all the way and boiling it for 20 minutes to create the protective oxidation layer and never use abrasives on it, just a soft sponge to clean. My .02

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:04 AM   #3
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I am looking at brew pots for my first brew. I will likely be doing a partial boil to start off, but I figure I may want to experiment in the future. I am doing 5 gallon batches. I am considering 6, 8, and 10 gallon aluminum pots. The price between them is negligible. I am looking for advice from brewers with more experience on what my best option is. Thank you in advance for the advice.
If storage space and price is no concern, I don't know of a reason not to get the 10. But I did my first full boil (5 gallon batch) this weekend on an 8 and it worked fine. 6 would not be big enough.

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
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Also consider any mashing requirements. If you plan to do high gravity AG you might actually need a bigger pot than what you would need for a full boil.

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:19 AM   #5
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it really depends on your stove do you have electric or gas is your gas stove really nice? i havnt been brewing long but my electric stove wont boil 5 gallons so i finally purchased a turkey fryer now 6 gallons isnt a problem

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:22 AM   #6
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look for a guy named spike here.. it has been said he has some nice pots and good prices..
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:24 AM   #7
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here he is

http://spikebrewing.com/products/15-...tical-couplers
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:39 AM   #8
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I usually brew with a 5G and a 2.5G. I mini-mash in the 5G and it will still fit in my oven to maintain temp. Then I dunk-sparge in the 2.5G. While the 5G is doing the 60min boil, I bring the 2.5G to a boil then stick it on ice and combine the two at the end so I have a head-start cooling down. I have a 10G but it takes forever to heat up and forever to cool down.

My very first brew was an extract kit with steeping grains and all I had at that time was the 2.5G pot, and that turned out to be one of my best beers!

I'm not saying that you should do what I do, but it works for me. I just want to point out that there are a lot of factors to consider and you need to figure out what will work for you.

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:52 AM   #9
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I have this one. one of the best brewing investments I have made I normally do 5 gallon batches, But will occasionally do 10 gallon batches and it handles both easily. When purchasing durable and expensive equipment buy the last one you will ever need instead of upgrading every year or so as your needs advance. Something I learned the hard way.

http://www.homebrewstuff.com/brewing...ermometer.html

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #10
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Those Spike Brewing pots are nice and I hear great things about his CS.

If your looking to save a few $$ and still get a nice heavy pot look at this one below...using aluminum is fine you just have to oxidize it first by boiling water in it for an hour. Also you cant use StarSan in aluminum

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00



Also...what source of heat are you using? If your doing stove top brews 5 gallon batches may be tough. Its important to bring your wort up to a rigorous boil. Your stove top may have a tough time getting 6 to 6.5 gallons to boil. A heatstick could help with that.

 
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