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Old 10-28-2008, 09:20 PM   #1
Jul 2008
Central Minnesota
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What is the best volume for a brew pot for making all grain 5 gallon batches? The one (and first) AG brew I made needed about 7 gallons total. Is it common for the volume to be much higher than that, or would purchasing a 7-8 gallon pot be perfect for any 5 gallon batch?

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Old 10-28-2008, 09:23 PM   #2
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i have been doing just fine with an 8 gallon pot.

but i would love a 10!
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:25 PM   #3
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Yeah, you can do it in an 8 gallon, but you'll be much happier/safer in a 10gal or larger.

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Old 10-28-2008, 10:00 PM   #4
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I used a 7.5 gallon pot and always had boil overs. I had to throw a glass of ice water in just as it started to boil to keep all the hops from spilling out. I've since found an old 1/2 barrel Iv'e converted to a kettle and no more worries. I think you should use a 10 gal kettle minimum to achieve a good hot break on a 6 gallon boil
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:23 PM   #5
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My first all grain was last weekend and I used an 8 gallon pot. It worked fine. I need a keggle for 10 gallon batches.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:24 PM   #6
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I get boilovers ALL the time with my 9 gallon pot. If you can swing it, get a 10gallon, or a converted keggle if you wanna be the coolest kid on your block
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:27 PM   #7
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I consider my 10 gallon to be barely large enough for a 5 gallon batch. Gotta watch for boilovers all the time.

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Old 10-28-2008, 10:28 PM   #8
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Baton Rouge, LA
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I have an 8 gallon and regret not getting a bigger pot. Get a bigger one if you can!

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Old 10-28-2008, 10:34 PM   #9
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These guys have the best prices on aluminum stock pots I've been able to find. Shipping is $14 to my zip code for the items below.

40 Quart Aluminum Stock Pot - $45.50

Lid for 40 QT Aluminum Stock Pot - $9.10

Hope this helps.

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Old 10-28-2008, 11:47 PM   #10
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I have an 8 gal pot, and am ballsy enough to get up to 7.2 gal of wort into it. The key is once the boil starts, lowering the heat and stirring the foam. Heat gets adjusted up and down depending on teh foam. Soon, I get my hot break and I'm golden from there. I don't add my boil hops until the hot break, and usually let it roll for at least 5 minutes before adding the first addition.
Too much too fast to keep track of...

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