I got alot of pot for Christmas!

by Brewing beer

I’ve been brewing 5 gallon beers for a while now, but my thirsty neighbors have required that I increase production.  I added a 25 gallon (100 liters) brewpot on my Christmas list, figuring that if I didn’t get one I would buy one.  I never stopped to consider just how big a 25 gallon pot is.  I just knew I wanted to make larger batches of beer.

25-gallon pot

I got alot of pot for Christmas!

The brewpot is big – very big and very heavy.  For an idea of size, I’m 5-11 and 180 lbs (the shirt is baggy, honest!!).  I cannot imagine what the brewpot will weigh when it is full, although I’m sure we could calculate it.  The new brewpot does raise several issues I will need to address.  Here’s a list of things to think about if you are planning to get a larger brewpot.

First, large brews will require a pump.  It would be improbable, if not impossible, to move the brewpot while full.  Even if I could lift the full pot, I would not want to drop a 25 gallon pot of 212F (100C) beer on anything, let alone me.  Maybe the cat.

25-gallon pot

You can fit many beers in a pot this size

Heating the beer will be another issue.  25 gallons of wort will require a larger heat source, and more time on my tiny turkey burner.  Until I get a larger burner, my brew times will be much longer.

Finally I’ll need to address what container I will ferment the beer in.  I’ve got a few 20 gallon trash can fermenters I use for wine.  That is about 5 gallons short, more when you consider I need space for active krausen.

Of course these are challenges I will be happy to encounter.  It is a much better problem than a dry keg, and dry fermenters because I thought 5 gallons will last at least a month!

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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

Beer buddy

I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!