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Old 02-16-2013, 05:02 AM   #1
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No interest in anything more than 5 gallon batches. I just don't drink that much beer, or have that many friends to be going through that much that fast. HOWEVER, I want to start off with a pot for all-grain brewing. Of course my tastes may change in the future, but right now I really am just interested in wheat beers. I thought it sounded like a 10 gallon pot was more than enough for being a mash tun with all grains. I also thought a 10 gallon pot was enough to give plenty of room to avoid boil overs. Now the more I read it sounds like folks push for the 15 gallon instead. So for 5 gallon batches, what works best? Do I really need to be concerned about boil overs in a 10 gallon pot?



 
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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I bought a 8 gallon pot when I went to full boil, 5 gallon batches. Though, it works fine I wish a had another gallon or so of extra space. I can do a full 90 minute boil but it gets a little too close to boil overs for me, when the first hop addition goes in. If I were to buy another pot it would be 10 gallons.



 
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:13 AM   #3
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I'm doing 6 gallon boils in a 7.5 gallon pot, I have had one boil over in 8 batches (my first) Its all about controlling the flame at hop/fining additions. And a spray bottle too...just don't get one from the dollar store...cause those suck! Anyway its pretty easy to do in my smaller pot, a 10 gallon is more than enough, assuming that you don't/never/ever ever/ want to do anything bigger than 5 gallons

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:22 AM   #4
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I started out with an 8 gal pot making 5 gal batches. It could be dicey at times. Soon I was making 6 and then 7 gal batches and it became a real chore. Finally went to a 15 gal pot. Can't see myself making 10 gal batches, but the 15 gal pot sure makes 5, 6 and 7 gal batches a piece of cake....
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:32 AM   #5
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No interest in anything more than 5 gallon batches. I just don't drink that much beer, or have that many friends to be going through that much that fast. HOWEVER, I want to start off with a pot for all-grain brewing. Of course my tastes may change in the future, but right now I really am just interested in wheat beers. I thought it sounded like a 10 gallon pot was more than enough for being a mash tun with all grains. I also thought a 10 gallon pot was enough to give plenty of room to avoid boil overs. Now the more I read it sounds like folks push for the 15 gallon instead. So for 5 gallon batches, what works best? Do I really need to be concerned about boil overs in a 10 gallon pot?
do a 15 gallon u can get one for under 100.00

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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I used to use an 8 gallon but found it slightly too small. The kettle I have now is 11 and might be a little oversized but works quite well.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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I was doing 7 gallon boils in a 30 quart pot. I have to fill it up to the brim to get my 5.5 gallons. Sucks. I just got a 62 quart bayou classic SS pot for $105 including shipping from amazon. doing the first batch in it tomorrow.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:32 AM   #8
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I used to use an 8 gallon but found it slightly too small. The kettle I have now is 11 and might be a little oversized but works quite well.
This was for 5 gallons.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:55 AM   #9
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Depending on your burner and the surface area of your pot you will boil off as much as 2 gallons or even more if doing extended boils.

Boil pot volumes are to the brim. Figure anothe 1/2 gallon for trub loss ( that could be higher if you use whole hops or higher gravity beers; more grain/ more trub/ more trub loss)

So 5 gallon batch in the fermenter+ 2 gallons boil off+1/2 gallon trub loss means your kettle full volume is 7.5 gallons ( maybe more).

In a 10 gallon pot you will have 2.5 gallons of space. In my 10 gal pot there is about 1 inch per gallon. 2.5 inches to the lip is doable.

I do 5.5 gallon batches with my 10 gallon pot and my system is kettle restricted -I can't boil more than 8 gallons in that pot if I wanted to.

Additionally, I cannot do extended boils which can increase your boil off to as much as 4 gallons requiring a fill volume of 10 gallons for my system.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:01 PM   #10
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What is your budget? Do you have enough room to store an 8, 10, or 15 gallon kettle? Decide those for yourself, then pick one of the previous answers above.


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