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TigerSaint1
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How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
I have a 120qt pot and usually use more seasoning that what I see most post on here and I let soak from anywhere between 25-35 mins. But they just don't seem to soak up enough of the flavor which leads me to believe I am adding to much water and diluting it. So for a 35# sack in a 120qt pot, how much water should I add? 1/2 way, 1/3?


Motorboat
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
just taste the water dude. You are seriously over thinking this.


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SmokedBrisket2018
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
I learned this trick years ago.
I don't use it anymore because I just eyeball it.

Burner off.
Take your basket and put the live crawfish in it.
Put basket of crawfish in pot.
Turn on hose and put water in pot till the water is covering the crawfish.
Take basket of live crawfish out.
In pot is just the water.
That is your water line.
Dump and put fresh water to your water line.
The end.


TigerSaint1
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
This was my thought as well on what I was going to do, then just mark it for future use.


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gumbo2176
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
I've got an 80 qt. pot that I used just yesterday and I only fill about 1/2 way up and I can boil up to about 40 lbs. in it. Yesterday's sack was 35 lbs. and the crawfish were beautiful.


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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
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which leads me to believe I am adding to much water and diluting it


Well, do you have a lot of excess water in your pot? 120 qt pot is very large and can almost do 2 sacks.

So here's what you need to figure out. If you are just boiling a sack, you aren't going to need to fill up your pot like you would if you were doing about 2 sacks. Do as others have said and figure out where your water line should be for the amount you want to boil. If I had a 120 qt pot I would note 2 different water lines. First line would be for 1 sack (30 lbs), second would be for the most crawfish + sides that i could fit in the pot.

I use the holes in my basket as a reference point so I know how much to fill the pot up. I.E. I usually fill my pot til the water is not covering 3 holes from the top of the basket.
This post was edited on 4/15 at 10:53 am


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SlickRick55
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
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Burner off. Take your basket and put the live crawfish in it. Put basket of crawfish in pot. Turn on hose and put water in pot till the water is covering the crawfish. Take basket of live crawfish out. In pot is just the water. That is your water line. Dump and put fresh water to your water line. The end.


Or You could simply do this:
Fill any size pot halfway. Done


SmokedBrisket2018
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
Halfway is too much water for 35 pounds in a 120 qt pot.

And

Are you saying regardless of amount of crawfish, you would fill any size pot halfway?


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bubba102105
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
I've got a 120qt rocket pot and typically go about 10 gallons.

I used a 5 gallon bucket and counted how many holes up in the basket each 5 gallons takes up. Each 5 gallons is about 2.5-3 holes up, which is maybe about 1/3 of the way up with 10 gallons


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Brettesaurus Rex
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
I generally just fill up to half the pot for a sack. I've never measured the water.


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The Bruce
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
About halfway or a little over. No need to overthink it.


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lsupride87
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
Roughly 40 qts of water is about perfect for 1 sack and fixins

So 1/3 full in a 120 qt pot
This post was edited on 4/15 at 4:26 pm


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TigerstuckinMS
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
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Dump and put fresh water to your water line.


You're just putting the live crawfish right back in the new water.


TheNolaClap
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
Maybe he hadn't washed the crawfish yet.


SmokedBrisket2018
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
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Maybe he hadn't washed the crawfish yet.


Correct.

I would assume most people get their water going with vegetables, etc while they clean their crawfish.

This post was edited on 4/16 at 8:10 am


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TJG210
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re: How much water in the pot for 120qt boil?
Measure out 10 gallons, take a knife or other sharp object and scratch a notch on the inside of your pot. Voila....never guess again.


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