Should I consider a 15 gal kettle even if I mainly do 5 gal batches?

 

From: Ssupport Michael <ssbtsupport@icloud.com>
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM
To: Ss Brewtech <support@ssbrewtech.com>
Cc: XXXXXXXXX
Subject: Re: MICHAEL: [Ss BREWING TECHNOLOGIES] Contact Form from November 19 at12:34PM

Chad,

Yes, if you plan on sticking to 5 gallon batches, then a 10 gallon brew kettle will fit the bill nicely. High gravity beers is more of a mash tun (MT) volume issue than a brew kettle issue. Envision it this way, for higher gravity brews you are naturally going to need more MT space to account for a larger grain bill, so I would recommend a 10 gallon MT to go along with your 10 gallon brew kettle.

Furthermore, even high gravity beer where you want to do an extended 90 minute boil, you can still get 8-9 gallons into the kettle without risking a boil-over, which depending on your boil off rate should be good down to 6ish gallons of a finished high gravity wort.

I will say this though, I've met a lot of guys that swore they would never venture to 10 gallon batches, that ultimately moved to half barrel batches! Just something to consider if your rounding out your system with some new gear. Its easy to brew a 5 gallon batch in both a 10 and 15 gallon kettle, but you will never get a 10 gallon batch out of a 10 gallon kettle. Same goes for fermenters. Just some food for thought.

Cheers!
Michael

 


On 11/19/15, 9:34 AM, "Shopify Notification" <mailer@shopify.com> wrote:

Contact Form Submission:

Name: Chad

Body: Hi,
I've been researching boil kettles for some time and am drawn to your
product. I am currently doing partial grain/extract batches (5G) but
eventually want to cross over into all grain. I have read the FAQ section.
At this point I prefer to do 5G batches and don't see myself switching to
10G batches. I am trying to figure out 10G or 15G brew kettle. Thoughts?
Would the 10G be fine with high gravity beers as well.

 

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