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15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« on: October 26, 2010, 01:00:38 AM »
I'm looking to bump up to 10 gallon batches, at least some of the time. I currently use am 8 gallon megapot, and it's only barely acceptable for 5-6 gallon batches, to begin with. I am wondering if I should get a 15 gallon kettle (that would allow me to bump up to 10 gallon batches), but I don't want to spend the cash if I will only be able to use it for 8-12 gallon batches and not 5-6 gallon batches. Is it a PITA to brew 5-6 gallon batches with a 15 gallon kettle?

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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 01:57:38 AM »
I do it all the time. No issues, no worries about boil overs either.

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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 06:33:43 AM »
The only downside I've experienced is a little more boil off due to the larger diameter of the pot.  To be honest, if I had it to do over, I would buy a 20 gallon pot. I've had to use another pot a few times due to the larger initial volume for long boils. Not a big deal. Just an inconvenience. Cheers!
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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010, 06:33:56 AM »
I do it all the time. No issues, no worries about boil overs either.

+1

I use 15 gallon kettles for both 5 and 10 gallon batches.  I have also made 12 gallon batches using the 15 gal kettle.
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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 08:31:34 AM »
no worries about boil overs either.

That's what I thought the first time I used one.  I was quickly proven wrong!   ;)
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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2010, 10:29:03 AM »
I'm looking to bump up to 10 gallon batches, at least some of the time. I currently use am 8 gallon megapot, and it's only barely acceptable for 5-6 gallon batches, to begin with. I am wondering if I should get a 15 gallon kettle (that would allow me to bump up to 10 gallon batches), but I don't want to spend the cash if I will only be able to use it for 8-12 gallon batches and not 5-6 gallon batches. Is it a PITA to brew 5-6 gallon batches with a 15 gallon kettle?

I think 15 gallon is perfect for those 5-6 gallon batches. And 20 gallons would be better for 10....
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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2010, 11:24:56 AM »
It looks like I can get a 15 gal megapot for a little under $230 (including shipping), and that's the best deal I could find. Any reason why I shouldn't get it?

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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2010, 11:59:51 AM »
If you don't mind Aluminum you can find for half that or less.

As far as pulling the trigger:

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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2010, 12:11:36 PM »
I do it all the time. No issues, no worries about boil overs either.

+1...my homemade electric keggle is 15 gal, and the majority of my batches have been 5 gal.
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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2010, 12:16:54 PM »
If you can do without a lid, the Penrose Kettle is 16+ gallon, stainless, 14 gauge, with a half inch ball valve for only 139.99 which includes shipping to the lower 48 states. Details email me at dpenrose at essexind dot com

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Re: 15 gal Kettle for 5-6 gallon batches
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2010, 12:59:31 PM »
It looks like I can get a 15 gal megapot for a little under $230 (including shipping), and that's the best deal I could find. Any reason why I shouldn't get it?

Seen folks on here recommend this site before.  Looks like ~$140 plus shipping...

http://www.instawares.com/stainless-steel-stock-pot-sps-60.upi-sps60.0.7.htm
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