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Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« on: September 30, 2012, 09:00:25 PM »
Moving to 10 Gallon batches just wondering what size boil kettle I'll need (ALL GRAIN) ?

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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2012, 10:07:37 PM »
The bigger the better. I thought my 16.25 would be plenty. Well,  guess what has two thumbs and still has boil overs? This guy!! So, go big or go home. I would not attempt it with less than 15 gallon, and a good spray bottle.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2012, 10:18:05 PM »
I use a 20 gallon for my 10 gallon batches and occasionally pull off a 13.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2012, 03:09:09 AM »
I'm using a 15 gallon, and really wish I had something closer to 20. Go as big as you can reasonably afford.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2012, 03:29:38 AM »
I just bought a 20 gallon kettle.  It'll have its maiden voyage in a few days.  I figured if I want to make 10 gallons, I'll need to brew 12 to compensate for the sludge in the bottom of the kettle.  If I want 12 gallons, I'll have to sparge off close to 14 gallons.  A 15 gallon kettle just won't cut it.  The 20 gallon kettle was only $30 more at NB.  I figured it was a no-brainer.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012, 03:36:32 AM »
So I was wondering something in the 25 gallon range wouldnt be overdoing it?

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Re: Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2012, 03:53:13 AM »
So I was wondering something in the 25 gallon range wouldnt be overdoing it?
Nope, not at all.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2012, 05:40:48 AM »
Blichmann also recommends twice the capacity. With boiloff, your starting volume might be 12 gallons and 3 gallons is usually only 6 inches of headspace. Not much.
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Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2012, 07:07:50 AM »
I use a 14 gallon kettle and it is pretty close to the top when I finish sparging/lautering. I recommend larger ifd you can, but the 14 gallon works, you just have to feather the flame. That said I always targeted 12 gallons so that I got 5 by the time I was kegging.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2012, 05:01:46 AM »
I'd go 20G.  Wish I had one myself!  15G will result in boil-overs as I can fully attest to. 
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2012, 05:57:40 AM »
If you are careful you can bring the wort to a boil literally an inch from the surface and not have a boil over. You don't have to have the flame turned up full blast all the way through the boil - a gentle boil is all you need.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2012, 07:10:55 AM »
I never thought it was that difficult to do 10 gal batches in a 15-gal kettle with 60-minute boils.  Add some hops before the boil to avoid a boilover.  That is a good tip from Greg Noonan's Brewing Lager Beer.  15 gal might be small if you are doing 90-minute boils and you want to avoid topping up.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2012, 07:35:08 AM »
I never thought it was that difficult to do 10 gal batches in a 15-gal kettle with 60-minute boils.  Add some hops before the boil to avoid a boilover.  That is a good tip from Greg Noonan's Brewing Lager Beer.  15 gal might be small if you are doing 90-minute boils and you want to avoid topping up.

This is where I had my problems.  90 minute boils with BoPils malt where I needed a good rolling boil to get rid of the DMS.  60 minute pale ale/2 row boils are not a major problem, but you still have to be careful.

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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2012, 08:55:50 AM »
I use a 20 gallon kettle and what is nice is heating all my liquor at once.  I heat the strike water to mash temp, drain off to my mash tun and leave the rest to heat to sparge temps and then drain to a 10 gallon cooler to keep it at sparge temps.  Saves a little time heating all the liquor at once.
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Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2012, 08:58:05 AM »
Add some hops before the boil to avoid a boilover.  That is a good tip from Greg Noonan's Brewing Lager Beer. 

Has that worked for you?  I've FWH dozens, maybe hundreds, of batches and I've never seen it prevent a boilover. 
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