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I'm looking to buy a brew kettle, and I need some advice.

I have two 6 gal carboys that I use to brew my beer. I'm looking to do an all grain brew in a bag method for my next brew. I'm just wondering how big of a brew pot I should get. My options are 9 gal, 15 gal and 19 gal.

I'm thinking 15 gal to account for the initial water volume at 160 F with 10 lbs of grain?
 

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15 minimum!,

If you are indoors on a stove though be sure your range can boil that amount of wort.
 
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How would I know much my range can boil that much wort?

I have a regular electric range. Do you think it's powerful enough?
 

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I BIAB in a Bayou Classic 42 qt. I've done 5 gal. batches with 20 lbs. of grain. I wish I had at least a 15 gallon, so had the option of 10 gallon batches, But I also use a propane burner outdoors. I don't think my electric stove could handle my kettle. You could always build a couple heatsticks as a temporary solution.
 

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Bayou Classic has a 44 qt pot that's pretty reasonable. Should be able to handle most 5 gallon BIAB batches. Just bought one on Amazon for around $85.
 

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There's a 36qt KEttle with Burner for $80.99 here...this is what I was considering...not big enough??
 
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Thanks for the tips, but unfortunately Amazon.com does not deliver to Canada. :(

I really wish they did.
 

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I personally bought the one with the basket for possible use with turkets or to use as a biab setup to give the bag more support
 

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There's a 36qt KEttle with Burner for $80.99 here...this is what I was considering...not big enough??
Unfortunately, that's not quite big enough for 5-gallon BIAB batches.

36 qt does work fine for extract brews or if you use a mash tun. That's the size I use, but I don't BIAB.
 

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I'm not sure I understand, I've seen lots of videos on YouTube where the person does a BIAB using a 6Galloon pot?
 

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Don't cheap out and get anything less than 10 gallons (I agree that 15G is best).

I thought my 8.5G would be fine for 5G batches but anytime I want to do a 90 minute boil the 7G I need to start with is close enough to capacity to risk boil overs.

Go with at least a 10G kettle. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
 

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I'm not sure I understand, I've seen lots of videos on YouTube where the person does a BIAB using a 6Galloon pot?
If you want to do a full boil you need an even larger pot if you want to do 5 gallon BIAB batches (because you add all of your brewing water at the beginning). According to BeerSmith, a 5G BIAB Batch of a Mild with a starting gravity of 1.033 requires 8.63 gallons of water at the mash.

Anyone you see doing 5G BIAB batches in a 6 gallon pot is almost certainly doing a partial boil. Either that, or they are topping off with supplemental water as it boils off.
 

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Two weeks ago my wife bought me the Bayou Classic 16 gallon spigot pot (model 1064). I brewed a 5 gal extract with it last weekend and I love it. Now I can do 10 gal in the future. I went this route after reading a lot of people don't use the steamer basket. It was pretty inexpensive too (comparatively), I think 160 or something like that.
 

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At the end of the video I saw, he topped off a Gallon or two, is that not acceptable? I was only looking at that particular 38QT item becuase its the largest piece that this large Chain Store sells here. Otherwise, there are tonnes of Bayou Classic pots that I could buy off Ebay for now and get a burner when summer rolls around. I wanted to purchase only 1 pot and use it for both outdoor and indoor use.
 

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I have a 10gal Bayou Classic. Couldnt be happier. Its as big as my gas stove can handle (well...barely handle!) and still lets me do 15+ lbs of grain easily (did 14 last week @1.25qt/lb and still had a gal or two left).

No, I wont be able to do super high gravity barleywines without DME or some sort of sugar, but thats ok. I only do those maybe once a year.
 

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Just came across a standard Aluminum Stock Pot of 48L for $59.99 (12G or 50QT)
 

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Beaudoin said:
How would I know much my range can boil that much wort?

I have a regular electric range. Do you think it's powerful enough?
Most likely not.....
 

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Don't cheap out and get anything less than 10 gallons (I agree that 15G is best).

I thought my 8.5G would be fine for 5G batches but anytime I want to do a 90 minute boil the 7G I need to start with is close enough to capacity to risk boil overs.

Go with at least a 10G kettle. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
I brew all-grain with an 8 gallon kettle and regularly start with between 7 and 7.2 gallons. I rarely have boil over problems except the one time I screwed up and sparged with too much water. I ended up with wort up to 1/2" of the top of the kettle.

I also use Fermcap-S and would recommend it to anyone.
 

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I tried to brew my first batch on my electric stove (it's a Kenmore and pretty decent) and barely got a 2.5 gal of wort to boil. There is no way I could even think of doing a 5 or more gal boil on it.

I've since moved to my turkey fryer burner. I would have used it with my first brew if I had known how long it would take to get a boil.

Just my 2 cents...
 

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Then there's the heat stick. I just built a smaller element version, super easy. I used JB Water Weld to make it watertight. Combined with the cook top it should be boil. I'm going to throw a higher wattage stick together next and take the whole operation to the basement.

But, I'm still shopping for a cheap kettle so don't take my word for it. :drunk:
 

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I brew all-grain with an 8 gallon kettle and regularly start with between 7 and 7.2 gallons. I rarely have boil over problems except the one time I screwed up and sparged with too much water. I ended up with wort up to 1/2" of the top of the kettle.

I also use Fermcap-S and would recommend it to anyone.
Agreed. You can absolutely make less than 10G work for 5 gallon batches if you are smart and vigilant (I've learned to back the heat off just before the rolling boil).

I've just found myself wishing for the extra capacity so I wouldn't have to stand on the neck of my boil each time.
 

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You should be able to source a 15 gal Concord SS on Ebay for under $100.00...
 
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I was wondering, however, if a 9 gal kettle would do for a BIAB shooting for around 5.5 gal of wort in the fermenter? I was thinking that, perhaps, I could heat 6 gal on the stove to about 168 F and immerse my grains for 1 hour, then when I remove the grain, I could sparge more water over the suspended grains (that will be in a colendar) to ensure that I get 7 gal. Boil for one hour to achieve about 6 gal.

Do you think that would work?
 
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