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Old 11-12-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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So, I was wondering if my 8g kettle is big enough to do a full boil without too much worry about uncontrollable boil overs?


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Old 11-12-2008, 11:32 AM   #2
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I do full 5 gallon boils in my 8 gallon pot but I have to watch it like a hawk because it will boil over just as easy as my small pots. Heck I bet it would boil over even in a 15 gal keggle.


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I do full 5 gallon boils in my 8 gallon pot but I have to watch it like a hawk because it will boil over just as easy as my small pots. Heck I bet it would boil over even in a 15 gal keggle.
So, I'll be fine then?
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Yup you will.
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Do yourself and your beer a favor and purchase some Fermcap-S for $7. A few drops and you will never worry about boilovers again.
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I use a 30 gallon pot, and I boil about 6.25 gallons down to 5.25. I watch it very closely until the hot break, but then it's fine.
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I use a 30 gallon pot, and I boil about 6.25 gallons down to 5.25. I watch it very closely until the hot break, but then it's fine.
That thing must take up the entire stove top!

To the OP, 8g should be plenty large enough for 5g batches without too much concern about boil overs.
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That thing must take up the entire stove top!

To the OP, 8g should be plenty large enough for 5g batches without too much concern about boil overs.
Thanks, I was pretty sure it would be, but it doesn't hurt to ask for clarification.
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That thing must take up the entire stove top!

To the OP, 8g should be plenty large enough for 5g batches without too much concern about boil overs.
Well, I use the 30 quart turkey fryer pot on my stove. It just covers one burner. I do wish it was a little taller, but if it was, I'd never get my chiller in there under the microwaver!

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That's just a smaller pot (5 gallons) with my sparge water, my brewpot and my MLT. I have an island just to the right of the MLT and set out the hops, the grain, the 5.2 buffer, the mash paddle, etc. on it.

The point is, even though a 10 gallon pot would be awesome, it is possible to use a pot as small as 7.5 gallons and brew decent beer.
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Well, I use the 30 quart turkey fryer pot...
What we have here is, failure to communicate.

I wanted to see pictures of you doing a 5g batch on your stovetop in a 30 gallon pot!


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