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« on: September 24, 2019, 12:52:22 AM »

Hey y’all.  I just got an 82 quart bayou classic and was wondering how much liquid I need to not have it run dry.  The thing is a beast.  Ive always steamed in half beer/half apple cider vinegar.  Got some awesome half gallons of organic apple cider vinegar at the overstock store for 3 bucks a pop so that’s no big deal but would love to put as little beer into the pot and as much of it In my stomach as possible.  Anyone have experience with pots of this size.  Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2019, 01:11:07 AM »

3/4 gallon EACH of cider vinegar and water and if desired a beer or 2
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2019, 07:21:29 AM »

3/4 gallon EACH of cider vinegar and water and if desired a beer or 2

I'm with Al.  It also depends on where the basket or rack sits in relation to the bottom of the pot.  I always try to have at least 1.5 - 2" of liquid in whatever pot I use.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2019, 04:23:51 PM »

Using the beer cans for measure: I would try 3 cans of beer, three cans of vinegar, three cans of water.

In my 1 bushel steamer I use two of each.
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2019, 06:46:43 PM »

I use the index finger method. Using enough liquid to reach the level of my second joint on my index finger has never failed me in over a half century. About 1.5 inches... Pot size doesn't matter. Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2019, 07:29:11 PM »

I use the index finger method. Using enough liquid to reach the level of my second joint on my index finger has never failed me in over a half century. About 1.5 inches... Pot size doesn't matter. Grin

That is a great way to look at it. It is all about liquid DEPTH, not QUANTITY of liquid. There's nothing worse than a burning crab pot that runs out of juice, when cooking crabs, other than cooking those crabs with the disgusting guts inside.   Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2019, 07:48:31 PM »

That is a great way to look at it. It is all about liquid DEPTH, not QUANTITY of liquid. There's nothing worse than a burning crab pot that runs out of juice, when cooking crabs, other than cooking those crabs with the disgusting guts inside.   Smiley Smiley
You need quantity to last through the steam.  If you add water to maintain depth, then depth works.   Think of a 10” diameter pot, beginning with 1.5 inches of liquid vice a 20” diameter pot with 1.5 inches.  The 20” pot will work fine the 10” pot would be more in peril of burnout because of the lesser quantity of liquid.  An average to big pot would be fine with depth where a small diameter pot may run out.
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2019, 08:01:33 PM »

You need quantity to last through the steam.  If you add water to maintain depth, then depth works.   Think of a 10” diameter pot, beginning with 1.5 inches of liquid vice a 20” diameter pot with 1.5 inches.  The 20” pot will work fine the 10” pot would be more in peril of burnout because of the lesser quantity of liquid.  An average to big pot would be fine with depth where a small diameter pot may run out.

Obviously. But the bigger the pot is, by maintaining the same 1.5", that will automatically be more liquid. Usually pots get wider and taller as they get bigger, not just taller. To simply say dump 1 can of this and 1 can of that into a pot, no matter the size, would not necessarily be enough liquid for the larger pot. Thus meaning, the larger pot wouldn't be at 1 1/2", whereas the smaller one may be with those amounts. Sorry, but I agree with Jack on this one. 1 1/2"-2" of liquid should be plenty for any pot, regardless of pot size.
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2019, 08:01:53 PM »

You need quantity to last through the steam.  If you add water to maintain depth, then depth works.   Think of a 10” diameter pot, beginning with 1.5 inches of liquid vice a 20” diameter pot with 1.5 inches.  The 20” pot will work fine the 10” pot would be more in peril of burnout because of the lesser quantity of liquid.  An average to big pot would be fine with depth where a small diameter pot may run out.
Ya might think so.. but its worked for over a half century for me.  Was taught to me by my Dad.  Who was taught by his Dad. Who lived in a cave.  Grin laugh
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2019, 08:21:06 PM »

I use the index finger method. Using enough liquid to reach the level of my second joint on my index finger has never failed me in over a half century. About 1.5 inches... Pot size doesn't matter. Grin

Same.  Never fails.
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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2019, 08:21:11 PM »

Ya might think so.. but its worked for over a half century for me.  Was taught to me by my Dad.  Who was taught by his Dad. Who lived in a cave.  Grin laugh
I do appreciate that this is a time honored method that works flawlessly for you and has lasted the test of time.
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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2019, 05:48:07 AM »

My measurements are based on the exact pot as quoted above. I have the 82 qt bayou classic. Sometimes when you leave the guts in you can actually end up with more liquid then you start with if there are a lot of light crabs in the pot because they retain water. Also depends how hard you boil the water. A rolling boil will increase the rate of water evaporation but will do nothing to the temperature. Steam is the same temp no matter how fast it gets there. Just my observations
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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2019, 08:58:35 AM »

Hey thanks so much for all the feedback guys.  Really appreciate it.  Leave in all those gross guts and roe Mmmm mmmm mmmm
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