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wedge421

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I bought a 8.5 gallon SS wort boiling pot off of ebay. My concern is that the pot is a stew pot so it is much larger round then it is high like a lot of the larger SS brewing pots are. I boil the wort on my grill outside anyways so will this affect anything as far as wort boiling goes? Or is it just easier to direct heat to a narrower but higher pot.
 

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wider is actually better. You will be fine. And don't worry if you end up heating only the center of the pot, this will result in a nice and even circulation of the wort. A ratio 1:2 ratio of wort depth to diameter is said to be ideal. The increased surface area will help with the evaporation.

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I figured as much but I was just concerned about the heating time etc. But I guess its half a dozen of one 6 of the other...
 

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Wider is better to a degree but only if you still have enough headspace to deal with big foam ups. The taller a pot is given a fixed volume, the taller the headspace will be. I wouldn't put more than 6 or maybe 6.5 gallons in there.
 

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The trade-off is heat transfer through a larger pan vs more evaporation surface. Haven't run the numbers, but I'm fairly certain a wider vessel will heat faster.
 

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Wow ok another thread on this wider pot topic. I guess I am in the market for a new pot.
 

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jzal8 said:
Wow ok another thread on this wider pot topic. I guess I am in the market for a new pot.
Yeah, I learned last night how much more efficient wider is...
 

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I've noticed with a wider surface area, the foam ups are less exaggerated. I'm guessing it has to do with more air contact / heat loss.
 
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