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Old 11-30-2012, 03:34 AM   #1
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I am going to need to buy a brew kettle and I was wondering what size/material I should get. I'm looking to start with extract partial boils and eventually work my way to all grain.

So my main question is: would I be ok doing partial boils with a 16qt kettle or would a 22qt be the better route to go being that I want to do all grain in the future? I know I'll need a bigger kettle for all grain but I wasn't sure which pot would be better for sparge water.

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:43 AM   #2
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I've started my extract batches in a 20qt stock pot. It's plenty of room to get 3.5 gallons rolling nicely. Anything bigger than that and I suspect you'll have trouble chilling to pitching temps within any reasonable time. I too plan to move to AG full volume boils. Seems like the 30qt pots are about right for that

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:47 AM   #3
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Are you doing 5 gallon batches? If so and you dont want to have to buy a new kettle when you go all grain then get a 10 gallon kettle at a minimum, preferably a 15 or 20 gallon. I have a 15 gallon and I do not regret getting it for a second. I highly recommend stainless steel.

Here is the brand I bought and I love it and it is super cheap.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-40-QT-Qu...h=item2ec3d88b
$83 delivered to your door for a 10 gallon ss kettle. Tough to go wrong. They have every size you would need.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies and I am looking to do 5 gal batches

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:42 AM   #5
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As far as buying a new pot for all grain, I actually wouldn't mind. I just was wondering if I can do partial boils in like a 16qt comfortably without boil overs

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:49 AM   #6
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I favor starting smaller. I think a huge pot obligates you to do large batches and get a propane burner, and etc.. It is difficult to do a 2.5 gallon batch in a 30L pot, never mind a 15 gallon brute. There is no reason to throw away your smaller pots that are good for extract and smaller batches.

If you usually do 5 gallons and already have a burner, there are some reasonably priced 8 to 10 gallon pots with a valve and a temperature port.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:50 AM   #7
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16qt is only 4 gallons so you can technically do it, you'll just need to adjust the amount needed boil off and for top off.

 
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:54 AM   #8
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Are you doing 5 gallon batches? If so and you dont want to have to buy a new kettle when you go all grain then get a 10 gallon kettle at a minimum, preferably a 15 or 20 gallon. I have a 15 gallon and I do not regret getting it for a second. I highly recommend stainless steel.
+1... I wish I had bit the bullet and started out with a larger pot, but I wanted to save money so I started with 20 qts. I quickly figured out that I would rather do full boils rather than partials so I just bought a 44 qt stainless. Now when I decide to go all grain that's one less thing that I'll have to buy. However the 20 qt does come in handy for gallon batches.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:00 AM   #9
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When I got back into brewing with extract a few months ago I decided to buy my own brew kettle instead of borrowing my mother-in-law's stock pot all the time (now I borrow their turkey fryer for all grain!). 15.6qt SS stock pot with lid at Big Lots for $17. It's certainly lightweight but it works amazing for partial boils and heating up mash/sparge water now that I'm doing all grain. I figure that for less than $20 it's a great pot to have around even after you transition to full boils. Also, boiling 3 gallons of liquid in it has never been a problem, but keep watch anyway.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:01 AM   #10
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As big as you can afford. If your going to think about all grain in the future, get a 10 minimum, 15 even better. Stainless is best if it's in the budget.
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