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Old 02-16-2013, 01:41 PM   #21
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I agree on a 10 gallon kettle for a 5 gallon batch size. You will be happy you have the extra headspace when the boil gets started. You do not "need" a 15 gallon kettle for this. I would up with the 44QT Bayou Classic kettle and it has been great and was the best bang for the buck when I was looking!

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...u+classic+44qt

Spike Brewing has some nice kettles too if you think a ball valve is desirable.
http://www.spikebrewing.com/product/...ith-1-coupler/

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #22
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Heres a good deal on 10.5 gallon stainless w/lid. Good brand too. $94 free shipping. http://www.ebay.com/itm/42-Quart-Pol...-/290863674717

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #23
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I agree on a 10 gallon kettle for a 5 gallon batch size. You will be happy you have the extra headspace when the boil gets started. You do not "need" a 15 gallon kettle for this. I would up with the 44QT Bayou Classic kettle and it has been great and was the best bang for the buck when I was looking!

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...u+classic+44qt

Spike Brewing has some nice kettles too if you think a ball valve is desirable.
http://www.spikebrewing.com/product/...ith-1-coupler/
And for the amazon one, you can sign up for Prime shipping trial, and get it shipped in 2 days for free

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:20 PM   #24
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... I have never had a boil-over. Well, except maybe that one time when I caught the kitchen on fire.
funny...priceless...worth repeating

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:27 PM   #25
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Do you guys add ball valves with pots this big?

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:33 PM   #26
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Do you guys add ball valves with pots this big?
For spike water kettles and wort boiling kettle, adding a ball valve, thermometer, and sight glass is ALWAYS a great idea, if you have the money and can do it. Adding a ball valve with a mesh screen on the inside is a good idea too, to filter stuff a little.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:37 PM   #27
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I didn't read everything above, but yes you have to worry about boil overs in a 10gal pot if you crank the heat and don't watch it. I have a 15 gallon pot did a small 5 gallon batch and was in a hurry so cranked my burner all the way to get the boil going, got busy and it boiled over. That being said if you keep the heat reasonable, and keep an eye on it, a 10 Gallon pot should be fine.

I do BIAB and like the 15 gallon pot, but if I was going to do it again I would have lowered the thermometer to get more use out of it. The default position on my Blichman is too high for most 5 gallon batches, other than on the mash (Which is really the most important)

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:43 PM   #28
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I personally have done many 5 gallon batches in my 7.5 gallon(30 quart) SS pot. End up boiling around 6 gallons of wort. But yes I agree with everyone you have to watch it close, and get a nice rolling boil, not a spastic one. The main reason I have the 7.5 gallon, I picked it up at my local grocery store for $49.99, so was in my budget range at the time, and even came with a basket. I am currently looking at upgrading to a 15 gallon or higher for when i move up to 10 gallon batches. Then i'll turn my 7.5 gallon into my strike water kettle.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:14 PM   #29
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Do you guys add ball valves with pots this big?
Once you get beyond 5 gallon batches (10+), a ball valve is almost a requirement for emptying the kettle because of weight and safety. I suppose you could use a racking cane or auto-siphon too. But a ball valve seems to be the better, more adaptable choice IMHO.

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:32 PM   #30
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Im doing 5.5G BIAB batches in a 12G kettle. I could probably get by with a 10G but the extra room sure comes in handy. I would say you need to get at minimum 10G and at maximum 15G.
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