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Old 11-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Would I get away with boiling a 29 gallon batch in a 32 gallon kettle, or will it boil over?


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Old 11-05-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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No way would I go with that much room. Is the 29 gallons before evaporation? Probably boil a couple gallons off, but to start with, that's way too close for me. 20 gallons in my 25 gallon kettle is really cutting it close.


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Old 11-05-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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Too tight, we use a 20g kettle and a 15.5g keggle to boil 30 gallons and it gets close at hop additions. It could be done if you really watch your burner and are standing by with a hose. Definitly a 2 man job and wont be easy.
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That's not to say that it can't be done. You can always add more wort halfway through the boil to top it off, but as far as a consistently easy boil, that's just too close for me personally.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick responses guys. We will have to look for a bigger kettle in that case. Thanks again


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