Stock pot size

Stock pot size

Postby Briff » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:20 pm

hi guys
in the near future i am thinking about moving onto the next stages of brewing.... and was weighing up the option of buying a large stock pot versus taking the plunge and buying a boiler. so i was just wondering what this stock pot would be suitable say for a standard 25 litre batch of beer ? so i can get an idea of price...
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Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:23 pm

Why not make a boiler it's great fun, it's cheaper, take a look at THIS by grmski. For size of boiler you need to have it big enough so that you can get a good rolling boil and cope with the hot break that happens, so you need a bit of head space.
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Postby saracen » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:44 pm

I assume you are talking about getting a stockpot for Extract Brewing. The size needs to be big enough to accomodate the boil and anything 10 lts upwards is ok. All you do is carry out the initial boil in a smaller quantity of water, adjusting the amount of Dried Malt Extract used. You need to boil the hops in a liquid of the same Gravity as the recipe, so if you need 2000 gms of DME in a 20 lt boil, you can use a 5 lt boil with 500 gms.
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Postby seamus48 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:55 pm

+1 Saracen... I use a 15L stock pot for boiling up to 8-10L.
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Postby Briff » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:30 am

Thanks guys, info as usual very helpful.... i want to start extract brewing and move on to FG asap...... as i really enjoy the process... def going to make my own mash tun, and am considering mkaing my own boiler, i livein a flat whic has limited space... so far my girlfriend is ok about me bringing all this equipment in the flat, but im sure if i bought a massive tub in that will soon change....
on another note i have just racked my first woodfords wheery into bottles and a keg, but when i tasted it, it was a bit watery..... have i put too much water in it or will it get more depth with time
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Postby Technotrucker » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:11 am

Size wise you don't have to do a mega boiler, say a 30/35ltr tub. pop in an element. For the tun a cooler box, then a spare bucket for your FV.

ps ..can;t help with the wherry never done one.
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Postby AKMild » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:15 am

Hi Briff,
My first Wherry, whilst eminently drinkable, was also a bit watery, and I'd followed the kit instructions to the letter. If you used the measurements on the side of the brew bucket (like I did), they are not that reliable and that could lead to over-dilution of the wort, so for the next brew, try using a more exact measuring method. Saracen's well-regarded Wherry tweak uses less water and is designed to give a much fuller-flavoured Wherry (still waiting for my tweaked Wherry to condition, having had a leaking seal on the keg).
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Postby Briff » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:24 am

Thanks guys for the advice
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Postby saracen » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:42 am

Hi Briff
This is where to find the Wherry enhancement post.
http://www.brewuk.co.uk/forum/topic/dis ... nhancement
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Postby Technotrucker » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:49 am

No work 2day Saracen?
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Postby saracen » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:59 am

No Techno. No work most days. I'm getting 2 to 3 days a week at the moment. There's not a great deal in reserve and no permanent jobs around. The agency I get my work through has 16 drivers on the books and last week there were 3 phone cals and I did them all. In 10 years they've never seen anything like it. DriverHire are worse off. It's the Agency Workers Regulations that have killed it. Another wonderful idea from Europe to screw us into the ground. Probably designed to clear the way for all the foreigners to buy up the British transport companies. If anything, it's getting worse.
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Postby Mark81 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:12 am

Saracen, RE your Wherry enhancement. Is it best to measure out the litres in the FV first using the measurement 1kg = 1 litre, then mark this on the FV. Or just use the Youngs measurement (or which ever) and only fill to 21 litres?

I know Nath has suggested in the past measuring out the FV this way.

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Postby Technotrucker » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:21 am

10-rog on that..work thin everywhere at the mo..just out of Halfords Cov...got one drop t'other side of Cov then last drop W-rose Coalville....good idea of sqiffy's with the email done mine as you can see..
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Postby saracen » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:24 am

Well, I only ever did it using the original markings, but calibrating the FV makes a lot of sense. You should be in with a good chance of hitting the right figures. If the FV is encouraging too much water, that might go a long way to explaining the rather thin results from kits. I think it's best to calibrate first, see how far out you are, and make some decisions then. If your FV holds 25 lts at the 23 lt mark, it's probably best to try the enhancement without reducing the volume. If it's only a small amount out, reduce the volume. Let us know how you get on.
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Postby Mark81 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:28 am

Great stuff, cheers.

Hopefully doing it this weekend. Brewfrdge built and installed last weekend (with Nath's STC1000).

Its an old Cordon Blue chest freezer but it holds the temperature so I'm happy.
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Postby saracen » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:30 am

Yes, Techno. Are you finding there are fewer trucks at the drops?

Unless there is some encouragement for some money to start moving, I really think we're all in a lot of trouble. It's all very well to hold on to reducing the debt like a dog with a bone, but what about those of us who don't live in a privileged, protected society? All we get is more cuts and still we look like having our credit rating reduced. You can't win. If we stop wasting it on damned silly projects, endless official enquiries and meetings, committees and foreign aid we'd be a lot better off.
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Postby Technotrucker » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:07 am

Don't start me, I'm calm at the momemt. Image
Anyway another one bites the dust..off to jolly old Coalville now.
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Postby saracen » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:41 am

Good luck. Drive safely. Always good to get home.
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