Home brewing has taken the nation by storm and as a result there are quite a few brand new home brewers out there searching for all sorts of information on brewing. One of the very first items that a home brewer will need is a brew kettle. Deciding exactly what brew kettle to purchase can be confusing, especially for those that have a decent working budget.
Is This Your First Brew Kettle?
Do you buy an affordable brew kettle now and then upgrade later, if and when you need it? Or, do you invest in a high-quality brew kettle now that’ll last for years. An affordable brew pot can get you buy until you decide you want to upgrade, but if you invest in a new high-quality pot now you have the option of reselling if it’s underused or not quite what you wanted. Either way, when it comes to size the first thing to know is that it is generally recommended people invest in a brew kettle around twice the size of the boils they plan on brewing.
Are You An Occasional Stove Top Brewer?
If you’re not planning on getting deep into the world of home brewing and are solely working with small batches it’s suggested that to pick up a smaller brew pot such as a 4 gallon pot. Most of the boils you’ll be doing in the beginning while working on a stove-top are in the area of 2.5-3 gallons. This is also a good pot size to get in case you are unsure about the time home brewing requires, if you just don’t have the time for it for whatever reason the investment is minimal. Plus, if down the road you decide that you want a bigger pot you can still keep your 4 gallon one for other uses.
Looking To Go Big Or Go Home?
For those that are excited about home brewing and have somewhere outside they can do it, it can be a good idea to make an initial upfront investment and go with a larger pot. Plan on investing as much as you are willing to and get yourself a high-quality 10 to 15 gallon pot. Since this pot is so big you’ll also need to pick up a large propane burner commonly referred to as a hurricane burner. There are many options in the world of hurricane burners so investigate thoroughly but remember more BTU means more heating power and less time waiting for a boil to happen.
There are a few things to consider when determining the size of brew kettle to purchase, primarily it will come down to your level of commitment and how much of a financial investment you are willing to make.