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Offline steves

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Pot size
« on: December 20, 2014, 05:09:34 PM »
Thinking if upgrading next year to biab. If I were to make ten gallon batches, is 15 gallon pot big enough or should I spend the extra money for a 20 gallon pot? Thanks

Offline Scott Ickes

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Re: Pot size
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2014, 12:04:24 AM »
Always go for the larger size when it comes to mash tuns and boil pots.  You'll enventually want a larger size anyway!
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Offline merfizle

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Re: Pot size
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2014, 06:47:03 AM »
I use a 15.5 keggle for 10 gallon batches and size hasn't been an issue yet.  I use a 48 quart square cooler for my mash tun.

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Offline jtoots

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Re: Pot size
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2014, 06:56:17 AM »
I don't BIAB but 15 gallons is fine for 10 gallon batches for me.  Pre boil volumes are usually somewheres about 12-13 gallons.

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Re: Pot size
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2014, 04:21:10 PM »
I'd suggest that you get the biggest pot you can afford. It's one of the single most expensive items in your brewery. Better to get a bigger pot now than to wish you did later.
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Offline steves

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Re: Pot size
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2014, 06:12:08 PM »
Thanks for the input. Looking forward to upgrading in 2015, larger batches equals more to share!

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Re: Pot size
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2014, 05:55:27 AM »
No way, you will have a boil over mess! Your going to be too close to the top with your pre-boil mash. 10 gall0ns to keg, 1 gal boil off, 1 gal loss to fermenting and trub. That's at least 12 gallons your going to boil, ha ha good luck!

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Re: Pot size
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2015, 06:52:12 PM »
Rule of thumb is: your pot needs to be twice the size of your batches. so 10 gallon batch = 20 gallon pot. I do 10 gallon batches in a 15 gallon pot all the time, but you better be siting with your hand on the valve to avoid a boil over. Only reason I don't have a 20 gallon pot is I bought the 15 gallon one first and now I don't have the $$$.  :-\

 

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