Monday, February 4, 2008
Brewery Equipment: Brewpot/Hot Liquor Tank.
We have been working hard (and spending too much money at homebrew shops and websites) since November, and our brewery is finally complete and capable of brewing 5 gallon all-grain batches.
We purchased the first components back in November. In addition to an advanced homebrew kit, we purchased an 8 gallon brewpot and burner. The pot cost ~$150 from Northern Brewer and the burner was $37 from Home Depot as part of a turkey fryer kit. If I had it to do over I would have purchased a 12-15 gallon pot instead, but I didn't know any better at the time.
It works very well for extract brews, although it will boil over on full-wort boils when the bittering hops are added.
Since it is almost too small for full-wort boils, and is too small for a 12 lb mash when brewing all-grain it serves as our hot liquor tank when we do all-grain brews.