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mbfolk




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PostLink    Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:55 pm    Post subject: Kettle Question Reply with quote


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I am still really new to brewing and I have finished building my panel, I am looking at buying kettles now and wanted some input before I dropped the money. I am torn between 10 gal and 20 gal kettles. I want to get 20's but I dont think I will brew 10 gal batches very often if ever at the moment. I know its never a bad thing to buy bigger but if I am only wanting to do 5 gal batches should I stick to 10 gal kettles? I don't know if there are issues with brewing a 5 gallon batch in a 20 gallon kettle either. I appreciate the input!!
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PostLink    Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Kettle sizing details here: https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/pages/faq#How_much_beer_can_you_make_with_your_setup__What_size_kettles_should_I_buy__What_brand

There's also a lot of info here including a sizing guide: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/kettles-overview

If you only ever plan on brewing 5 gal batches then 10 gal kettles will work.
If you ever want to brew 10 gallon batches then 10 gal kettles will not be big enough.
You can brew 5 gallon batches in 20 gallon kettles as long as you stick with my build instructions (i.e. install the heating elements as low as possible).

Cheers!

Kal

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