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Old 11-30-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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What size do I need, for full mash? I would be doing 5 gal batches.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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I'd say you want 8 gallons, minimum, 9 or 10 preferably.


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Old 11-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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10 gallons to do 5gal batches. Real question is do you plan on moving to 10gal batches in the future? I've had so many customers come back and say they made a mistake by not purchasing the larger kettle to begin with.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:14 PM   #4
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I have not thought about doing 10 gal batches. But yeah I think I would want to. So for 10 gal batches use a 15 or 20 gal?
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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I just did a 5 gallon batch in a 7.5 gallon pot the other day. I think the boil started just over 6 gallons. I had a couple close calls with boilovers acquainting myself with the burner but it worked
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:04 PM   #6
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10gal batch I recommend a 15gal kettle. Some people use 20gals for their boil kettle.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:05 PM   #7
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I use a 10 Gal for 5 Gal batches.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:05 AM   #8
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Basically 5 gallons bigger than your target size. But I will be one of the ones to tell you - if you have even the inking of a thought of going to bigger batches later, get a bigger pot now. I've made that mistake multiple times now. But one beware: if you go too big then smaller batches can become problematic because of fitting placement and usually diameter increases the bigger you go.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:29 AM   #9
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25gal pot isn't enough for 20 gal batch - made that mistake once! Have to think that 20 pot might not be right for 15 batch. 15.5 pot is certainly fine for 10 batch. 8 works for 5.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:44 AM   #10
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I agree… 7 gal pot for 5 gal batch; 15 gal pot for 10 gal (what I use). I’d go up to a 15 gal pot and expect to be doing 10 gal batches (doesn’t take much more time in your brew day and only uses about 1/3 more propane); but, if you might move into all grain you could use your 5 gal for sparge water… not a complete waste but you’ll need to refill it half way for a 10gal batch.


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