4/8/2012 – I'm just getting started with home brewing. Friends are all telling me to go with a larger brew pot. I've decided to go with a 10 gallon stainless. Assuming price is no object can you recommend a set up (spigot, thermometer etc.) that will allow me to expand as I gain experience?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's confusing, isn't it? I'll try to help with that.A 10 gallon pot is NICE to have indeed. It works well for a 5-7 gallon batch of EXTRACT beer. Nice indeed. If cost was no object (it always is at my house), I would go with the Blichmann 10 gallon pot. It comes with all the bells and whistles you mentioned.If however, you ever want . . .
5/28/2010 – I have heard that most stainless steel pots for brewing have an alumnium bottom for even distribution of heat while boiling. From what I read this pot does not have an aluminum bottom. Is the heat evenly distributed on the bottom for an even boil?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not most, but a few do. Expect to pay at least double for one that does.Yes, we find that the all stainless bottom is just fine for brewing purposes. If you feel it's not, no problem...just return it!
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
12/10/2009 – I'm looking for some empty 15 gal kegs to modify for my 3 tier system. Do you have any ideas where some could be obtained? Been using your kits and now I'm starting to do all grain brews.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Occasionally we get a legal one in, but not very often. Commercial beer kegs (15 gallon sanke style) are usually owned by the brewery/distributor and there are legal issues with taking them and modifying (cutting) them for brewing purposes. Also, by the time it gets plasma cut, and fittings installed, the price goes way up.For my money . . .
12/7/2009 – I am brand new to home brewing and need to know exactly what I should buy to get started. I just want to begin to try to make my own beer and then continue to refine it over time. Please let me know exactly what I need to buy to make my first batch!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: What you need are:1) A Homebrew Heaven Equipment Kit (Complete or DeLuxe version, your choice). Both are good, the DeLuxe Kit just contains more "convenience" items.2) An Ingredient Kit of your choice (like Wizard Wheat, Seattle Rain Beer, etc...again your choice). These are available from a drop-down list when you buy the Equipment Kit. . . .
3/24/2009 – I'm planning on switching to 10 gal batches soon and would like to upgrade to a 15 gal stainless steel mash tun. Are there any obvious advantages to the Blichmann Boilermaker 15 gal pot over your 15 gal pot with equivalent accessories (weldless fittings, thermometer, ball valve, false bottom, sight gauge)? For example, do you think one would . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good question.After pricing it out, I find that the Blichmann Boilermaker runs about $80 more than the similarly equipped 15 Gallon model. BUT:Boilermaker pot is truly a classy brewpot. The "button" type false bottom may be more rugged. With this pot you also get a variable angled thermometer (instead of straight), a heat shield . . .
7/23/2008 – I am considering buying one of your kits and am wondering for the brewpot if a electric turkey frier would work or if there is some reason that this wouldn't work. Thanks this site is great.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Can't say about your frier. Haven't seen an ELECTRIC version of one... The propane powered ones might be alright, but they usually sell and aluminum pot with it. Stainless is a better choice.Oooooops...After looking at an electric one online, I would now say to avoid electric turkey fryers. They appear to have the heating element INSIDE . . .
3/24/2008 – I'm planning to move up to all grain, and may also move up to 10-gallon batches. I already have a 7.5-gallon brewkettle from Homebrew Heaven, and am thinking about buying a 15.5-gallon brewpot so I can do 10-gallon batches. I know it depends somewhat on the recipe and target gravities but, generally, should my 7.5-gallon pot be big enough . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, I think for most beers, it would work well for you. We now offer an 8 gallon brew kettle that would be better.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
11/9/2007 – I ordered your 15 gal. brew pot,and the false bottom and temp. guage,also the ball valve. After mash and laudering, can I dump the wort back in the 15 gal. pot after I clean out the grain to boil, or will this be too much aerating of the wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly, you can do that. I would avoid any unnecessary splashing, is all. Siphon your wort if you can to avoid oxygenating it (called hot-side aeration).
4/29/2007 – We are upping our batch size by buying this 15 gallon brewpot. We are considering getting one of your outdoor propane burners. What can we expect as far as propane expenses go? Could you estimate how long would a BBQ propane tank last for?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As an estimate, figure 3 to 5 batches on a standard 5 lb BBQ propane tank (per 10 gallon batch).
3/30/2007 – i just made my first batch of home brew,and realized i used an aluminum pot to brew it on the stove. is this safe?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Homebrewers have taken sides over this issue for years. We feel that stainless steel is the BEST material, however.Aluminum is light, transfers heat quickly and is inexpensive to buy. Drawbacks to aluminum brewpots are that it will "pit" over time, it doesn't clean as easily, it will dent easier, and even the contention that aluminum contributes . . .
3/8/2007 – Can you do a 10 gal boil in a 12 gal pot? Taking into consideration you would have to use at least 11 gal of wort due to evaparation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That's pretty marginal. It IS possible to add some water DURING the boil to replace that lost to evaporation. Consider too, that you will lose more like 2 gallons to evaporation for a 10 gallon batch. It could probably be done, but...Bigger is better!
3/4/2007 – I want to buy your s.s.15 gallon brew pot. But is the bottom an aluminum sandwich base for even heat distribution?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, these pots are 100% stainless steel. The type you refer to are MUCH more expensive, and not worth it (for MY money, anyway).
2/24/2007 – Would 3 12 gallon brewpots be of large enough size for a 10 gallon system (hot liquor, mash tun, boil pot) taking into consideration that I would want to do big beers i.e. imperials, barleywines?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably, but of course it depends on the actual recipes (grain bills) used. If they are REALLY big, you might want to go with the 15 gallon brewpots.
2/21/2007 – Is it true that the "harder" the boil with more water, the better results in the beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Two separate questions, actually. 1) Boiling "harder" probably has no effect. Boiling is boiling, ...temperature-wise.2) More water (a thinner wort) definately DOES make a difference. A thinner, less concentrated wort will cause less carmelization of the malt sugars, and therefor a) make a lighter colored beer b) make a more fermentable . . .
1/27/2007 – My next goal in brewing is to go to a full 5 gallon boil. My kitchen stove is halogen so I just don't think I can do it without an outdoor burner. I was hoping you could give me a recommendation. I am looking for something with fine jets as I heard this is much better to prevent scorching or else is gas efficient. Also I heard the pot . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You CAN'T find a better burner than this one. Gets very hot, yet has many fine jets to disperse the heat evenly:All the pots we sell are quality grade pots. Just pick a size that works for you. If you are considering all-grain brewing in the future, a large pot is a MUST. Here is a linkg to that category:
12/25/2006 – My question is similar to one other I saw....I have a 15 gallon pot (we were thinking in advance for when we want to brew 10 gallons). Is the 15g pot going to be too big to brew a regular 5g batch of the good stuff? I was amazed at how big the pot was when I opened it this morning.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nope. It will work just fine for a 5 gallon batch. The only issue may be getting a wort chiller down inside to reach the wort. You may have to extend (stretch) the coils down a bit to "git 'er done". Or use a Super Wort Chiller (50 ft coil).
12/17/2006 – I know that you shouldn't use aluminum for your boil or mash pot, but is it ok to use aluminum for your hot liquor tank? also is a ten gallon pot large enough to use as mash/lauter tun when doing 10 gal. batches? thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you are not afraid of using aluminum for cooking, I see no reason why you shouldn't use it a hot liquor tank.You probably will want a mash tun pot larger than 10 gallons for 10 gallon batches. It has to contain the grain, as well as the liquid, after all. This is especially important if you want to make "big" beers that require more . . .
12/2/2006 – I love your website, i just read all the FAQ's and some of it was quite informative.A buddy and I have been brewing some good beer now for 2 years and are ready to increase our production. We plan to purchase your 27 gallon fermenter maybe 2 of em. I'd really like to find a 30 gallon pot. any suggestions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We now offer 25 gallon brewpots as well as the Blichmann line of pots up to 55 gallons. See links below.
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
10/19/2006 – I currently brew using extract but want to go to all grain brewing. Could you recommend the proper size brewpot and burner assembly required to make up to 7 gallons. I have a 3, 5, and 7 gal carboy.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Like so many things, there is no single right answer. Higher gravity beers, like bocks and porters etc require more grain, and therefor more volume in the mash kettle. American style beers require less volumn. How carefully you control the all-grain mashing process also dictates how much grain is required. Given the above, I would . . .
9/28/2006 – Exactly how big a pot do you need to do an all grain 10 gallon batch? Will a 12 gallon pot work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For lighter beers, yes, that would probably be ok. For heavier beers, like bocks, porters etc that require a lot of grain, a 15 gallon pot would be a much better choice.
4/17/2005 – what is the gauge and thickness of the bottom of these pots?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is approximately .020" thick. While a little thinner than some (very expensive) professional cooking pots like Polarware, it is able to stand up to a LOT of heat. We have never had one returned. They do come with a 5 year warrenty.
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
1/31/2005 – how thick is the 15 gallon brewpot?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is approximately .020" thick. While a little thinner than some ( very expensive) professional cooking pots like Polarware, it is able to stand up to a LOT of heat. We have never had one returned. They do come with a 5 year warrenty.
5/18/2004 – Can you modify a brew kettle lid, with cut-outs to accept one of your wort chillers?I will be needing a 15 gallon pot with a spigot, bulkhead fitting for placement of a 1/2 NPT thermomoter, and cut-outs for the chiller. I seems only sensible if the wort chiller is meant to speed the cooling process and eliminate contamination, why . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Cutting stainless steel is difficult stuff. We have some specialized tools for drilling holes, but as far as putting "notches" into a lid, well...maybe. They might be rough looking cuts, requiring some de-burring etc. We're willing to try it, if you are willing to live with the results. If you're looking for a nice plasma cut finish, I suggest . . .
3/19/2004 – is the brewpot drawn, or is the bottom welded on?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They must be drawn...or if there is a weld, I can't find evidence of it.
12/29/2003 – Does the pot have handles? If so, are they riveted or spot-welded?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it has two riveted handles.
12/18/2003 – What gauge is the 15 gallon kettle? Is the bottom and sides the same gauge?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is approximately .020" thick. While a little thinner than some (very expensive) professional cooking pots like Polarware, it is able to stand up to a LOT of heat. We have never had one returned. The rim has a rolled edge. The bottom and sides are the same thickness.
9/23/2003 – Why can you not use an aluminum pot for brewing?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The easy answer is that you can. It's up to you, of course.Homebrewers have taken sides over this issue for years. We feel that stainless steel is the BEST material, however.Aluminum is light, transfers heat quickly and is inexpensive to buy. Drawbacks to aluminum brewpots are that it will "pit" over time, it doesn't clean as easily . . .
9/6/2003 – what is the guage or thickness of the pot and lid, also is the rim around top have a rolled or curved edge.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is approximately .020" thick. While a little thinner than some ( very expensive) professional cooking pots like Polarware, it is able to stand up to a LOT of heat. We have never had one returned.The rim has a rolled edge.
8/1/2003 – Diameter and height please?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It measures approximately 15.5" in diameter, and 17.5" high.
7/13/2003 – What grade of stainless steel is it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our stainless steel pots are made of 18-8 stainless.
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