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Fryer for boils
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:05:02 AM »
I am switching to all grain and therefore want to be able to do full boils. Through my research on the internet I saw that most of them come with 7.5 gallon pots. I have heard/read that boil overs will happen a lot and that I should get a bigger pot. I would like to save some money on buying a seperate pot so does anyone know where I can get a bigger pot that comes with a propane fryer for a decent price? Links would be appreciated.

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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 01:07:56 PM »
I used a 7.5gal fryer pot for a long time before upsizing my pot.  There were a few boilovers, but with a lot of attention and using some anti-foam (fermCapS) that problem can be dealt with.

It was just another step in the progression in upgrading my equipment.

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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 01:26:39 PM »
You could do 3 gallon batches until you get a larger brew pot.  I'm currently doing 3 gallon batches until I upgrade some equipment. 
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 06:50:33 PM »
I use a 7.5 turkey fryer pot most of the time (if I'm not using the 15 gal SS ;D).

To over come boil-over I run about 4 gallon in the pot and the rest (~2-1/2 gallon) in another container. Immediately after the hot break I dump the remainder of the wort in the boil kettle and then get a "mini break" and then start the time.
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2012, 05:54:46 AM »
I am switching to all grain and therefore want to be able to do full boils. Through my research on the internet I saw that most of them come with 7.5 gallon pots. I have heard/read that boil overs will happen a lot and that I should get a bigger pot. I would like to save some money on buying a seperate pot so does anyone know where I can get a bigger pot that comes with a propane fryer for a decent price? Links would be appreciated.

You can find a 15G aluminum kettle on Amazon for about $100.  Stainless is a little more.
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2012, 06:19:14 AM »
With 5 gallon batches you'll be starting the boil with 6-6.5 gallons. 1-1.5 gallons of headspace sounds like a lot, but in reality this is only 2-3 inches of space. You must pay really close attention to avoid boilovers.
 
That said, I used one for years and paid close attention at hot break - never had a problem. Now I have a much larger pot that I can relax with - and I've had a few boilovers because I'm not paying attention at the right time.
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2012, 06:42:02 AM »

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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2012, 07:31:14 AM »
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2012, 07:41:09 AM »
This came up on homebrewfinds.com the other day:
10 gallon aluminium pot for $42 shipped.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CHKL68/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=hombrefin-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001CHKL68

WOW!  Not that he needs anything this big but there is only a $10 difference between the 50QT and the 80QT.

That's a great price on the 10G, for sure.

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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2012, 12:29:56 PM »
I use a turkey fryer and the 7.5 gallon aluminum pot it came with. I have had 3 or 4 boil overs in my 15 batches, and it always happens when life is getting in the way. If I need more than 6.5 gallons pre-boil, I boil the overflow in a pot on my stove top, and add it back into the boiling wort somewhere near the end.
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2012, 08:57:28 AM »
I have read a lot about Fermcap S and it seems I'll pick some up and try it with a 5 gallon batch I have planned. If it works great, I'll keep brewing up 5 gallon batches. If it doesn't work to my liking I'll just make smaller batches. Smaller batches means more chances to brew. But from what I read it works fairly well.

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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2012, 09:00:06 AM »
Fermcap is great if you're lacking headspace.
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2012, 10:17:00 AM »
Since I found out that Fermcap is supposed to be filtered out, I've cut way back on my use of it.  For instance, I've gone back to using a spray bottle of water to control the boil.  I"ll still use it when I have to, but I use as little as possible and avoid it if I can.
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Re: Fryer for boils
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2012, 08:31:16 PM »
Since I found out that Fermcap is supposed to be filtered out, I've cut way back on my use of it.  For instance, I've gone back to using a spray bottle of water to control the boil.  I"ll still use it when I have to, but I use as little as possible and avoid it if I can.

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