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Old 10-12-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default What size brew kettle?

I am starting to buy some equipment for extract/AG brewing. I only intend to make 5 gallon batches. What size brew kettle should I buy? I have seen many makes and sizes but don't have pots of money to part with.
Are there any brands you can suggest too? Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:52 AM   #2
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When I first got into AG, I bought a bargain 8 gallon aluminum tamale pot (Tramantora?). You can get them for cheap on Amazon. But I will warn you that for a 5.5 gallon batch, when you account for 0.5 gal for trub loss (so 6 gallons post boil volume), the pre-boil volume on a 90 minute boil will be very hard to manage. It could be near 7.5 gallons. You'd be better off buying a 10 gallon pot if possible.

Also don't forget to budget for a wort chiller. Chilling 6 gallons of wort in an ice bath is possible, but is a real PITA and a waste of money on ice.


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Old 10-12-2012, 01:03 AM   #3
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I upgraded from my 8 gal to a 15 gal. The 8 gal is a PITA for 5.5 gal batches . Go at least 10.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:00 AM   #4
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I just got my new 10 gallon pot this week, this was the best I could find for cheap, with lid and shipping it came to $60,
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/40-q.../40760378.html
Amazon has a 12 gallon porcelain pot for $60 with free shipping
I went with the aluminum because I can make a hole in it easier for a spigot in the future.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:37 AM   #5
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Well crap... sux that I have 2 7.5 gallon pots.... ugh.... back to the store I go....
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:46 PM   #6
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I just got my new 10 gallon pot this week, this was the best I could find for cheap, with lid and shipping it came to $60,
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/40-q.../40760378.html
Amazon has a 12 gallon porcelain pot for $60 with free shipping
I went with the aluminum because I can make a hole in it easier for a spigot in the future.
I still use my aluminum kettle, though it now has just about every add on installed like a ball valve, thermometer and sight glass combo. Aluminum is the lowest cost kettle for starting out, but remember, a kettle is something you will probably brew with for a long time until you eventually go all grain and increase your kettle volume. I began with a 7 gallon pot, which was horrible for boiling 5 gallons, hot break became a permanent part of my stove top! Going with 10 gallons has always left me plenty of room to brew!



 
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