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I started out using a 5 gal. pot to do partial boils.  It only cost $20, so no big deal.  I eventually bought a turkey fryer setup to brew outdoors and it came with a 7 gal. pot.  I still had to do partial boils and top off a bit afterward, but it worked great.  Eventually I moved to a converted keg for a kettle, but I still use the 7 gal. to heat water for the mash and the 5 gal. for the occasional decoction or to make stock.  So there was no downside and no money lost by going incrementally.  You might want to consider that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 20, 2013, 04:35:13 PM »
I waited for years to start brewing becasue I thought it would be difficult and I didn't have the space in my small house.  Then my business partner started brewing and I saw just how easy it was.  15 years later, I've brewed 436 batches, I'm a BJCP judge and a member of the AHA Governing Committee and I'm working on 2 books about beer.  Funny how easy and fun it turned out to be.....

Events / Big Brew Day 2013
« on: April 19, 2013, 06:07:12 PM »
I'm hosting like I have for years, but it's gonna be a pretty small event.  The biggest brewfest around always gets scheduled for the same day and a lot of people do that instead.

Very cool, but it sounds like it was a little much for most of them.  Of course, that would make it just right for you and me!

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe hop question
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:41:11 PM »
I definitely think Simcoe would be out of place in your wheat beer. It's mainly dank and piny with some citrus notes (and a dash of cat piss to some).

+1.  Forgot to mention this.  I think Simcoe could have a bad effect on any wheat beer.

I think Simcoe might be the saving grace for an American style wheat beer!

Ingredients / Re: Christmas Beer
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:28:16 PM »
Before you make a peppermint beer, try drinking a beer after you brush your teeth.  Then tell me if it's a good idea!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from Florida
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:05:32 PM »
The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum.

That should be our motto!

General Homebrew Discussion / New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 18, 2013, 03:21:38 AM »
Thanks for the input so far! I do like the Blichmann Bollermaker 10 gal, with all the options but a bit on the pricey side. I like the keggle too, but it looks so big. I think a sight glass is a must have option.

A sight glass is nice, but I certainly don't consider it a must have.

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:19:29 AM »

Equipment and Software / First kit questions
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:00:37 AM »
If you're short on cash, get an AL kettle.  Works great, less expensive than SS.

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 18, 2013, 01:59:40 AM »
Ah, do remember that the finest beers are from the US and Belgium where brewers aren't limited by arcane and outdated rules.

+ 1.060, Martin!

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:44:19 PM »
I believe Irish moss is R'gebot compliant since it doesn't end up in the finished beer.

Ingredients / Re: Wyeast Nutrient Blend how much to use?
« on: April 17, 2013, 06:47:46 PM »


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Begian Dark vs Quad
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:02:57 PM »
I'm brewing a quint, where do I enter that?

You send it directly to me!  ;)

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