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Old 10-21-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default Moving to full-volume boils... 8 or 10 gallon kettle?

Hi folks! The next step in my brewing education is to go to full-volume boils for 5-gallon batches. Right now I do partial-boil extract batches at that size. I am debating between 8 and 10 gallon kettles.

When I do full-volume 1-gallon batches all-grain biab I get a boil off of about .7 gallons/hr using my turkey fryer.

Any opinions out there on which size is best? Also, any opinions on various add-ins like valves, thermometers, etc., are greatly appreciated.


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Old 10-21-2012, 11:22 PM   #2
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:29 PM   #3
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I bought a 12 I think it was from a 7... I can do big stouts and sparge off like 8-9 gallons of wort for a 90-120 min boil easily with no boil overs to date.

I'd go bigger than you plan. I would have, but opted for what I got because of the price, and it being SS.

A valve is a must, IMO.. Thermometer is not needed. A boil is a boil, IMO. Finding out what the temp is when you cool would be nice, but I can sanitize my therma pen and grab that number in 3 seconds.

The rest of the additions on a kettle are just there for ease or to feel good about. A sight gauge would be nice, other than that.. skip the crap and make beer, IMO.
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This 11 gallon kettle has a good price tag and works great for 5 gallon batches.

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...+classic+44+qt
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A thermapen is definitely on the wish list along with this kettle purchase. It is expensive, but between beer and the BBQ pit it is totally gonna be worth it.

Great price on that bayou classic 44qt pot. For the valve, is it as simple as drilling a hole with a stepper bit and putting in a weldless bulkhead?
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A thermapen is definitely on the wish list along with this kettle purchase. It is expensive, but between beer and the BBQ pit it is totally gonna be worth it.

Great price on that bayou classic 44qt pot. For the valve, is it as simple as drilling a hole with a stepper bit and putting in a weldless bulkhead?
Grab a therma pen when they do a sale, and grab that 44qt. Plenty big enough for 5 gal batches that can handle all a 10g igloo cooler can toss at it.
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10-15 gallon pot will work best. I bought an 8 gallon when I made the leap to full volume boils and wish I had bought bigger. Eventually ended up with a 15 gallon BK.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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15 gal....you can always boil smaller volumes in a larger kettle, but not vice versa. Take it from those of us who under-bought and had to buy again. Buy the right size the first time.
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Remember.... You will probably want an HLT at some point. In that case, you can repurpose your smaller kettle most likely! (Buy 11 gallon kettle now and use it for HLT when you get a 15-20 gallon kettle...)
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I'd go with a 15 gallon pot as well.

As far as Therma Pens, they have some limited edition ones on sale right now and in cool camoflauge for $89


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