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Old 07-27-2013, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default All Grain Keggle Set Up or Blichmann?

I'm trying to decide whether to buy a keggle all grain setup or buy the 3 blichmann pots?

Here are the keggles http://www.homebrewing.org/155-Gallo...em_p_1809.html

Has anyone used this before?

Here are the pots http://www.midwestsupplies.com/15-ga...pment-kit.html
(I know one pot is missing, but just for the sake of the example)

Any thoughts, recommendations, advice?

Thanks in advance

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Old 07-27-2013, 04:48 AM   #2
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the keggle system is not perfect but it's pretty much ready to go right away while the blichmann kettles are just the start of a system.

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Old 07-27-2013, 05:08 AM   #3
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I would take kettles over keggles. Kettles are designed for brewing beer. Keggles look cool but they are heavy and much harder to clean. My .02

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@Eastoak True, but I was going more along the lines of assuming you had everything for both, which one is easier to use?

For example, the kegs are really durable, but I've read countless complaints about the grain filter warping or something happened to the bottom of a blichmann.

Also after everything is said and done the blichmann will be a couple hundred dollars more, but I'd obviously rather not pay more, but is it worth it? Are kegs more reliable?

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Old 07-27-2013, 06:14 AM   #5
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i don't think kegs are harder to clean and are certainly very durable. the blichmann vs whatever else debate has been had many times and it seems to boil down to who wants to lay out the coin. i had a 10 gallon boilermaker with a false bottom that i really liked but sold it to buy a tower of power mash module. the mash module has been much more valuable to me than the kettle ever was. i brew in keggles and they have the same utility to me that the blichmanns do: sight glass, valves, false bottoms, lids and so on. i realize that it's like saying that a geo metro gets you to the same places as a ferrari (i actually drive a metro ) but it is true. i love blichmann products, i brew on a 3 burner top tier, but the kettles cost more than the amount of utility i get out of them. all of my keggles cost less than $60, i cut the tops and had a welder do the fittings so for less than the price of 1 blichmann kettle i got 3 keggles. if i got 3 15 gallon blichmann kettles for free? i would sell them and use the money for something else. now the top tier/tower of power i can wholeheartedly endorse, no problems since the first time i fired it up. i went from 3 random individual burners to the top tier and there is no comparison as far as ease of use.

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I think the Blich has some real advantages- better burners that use less fuel / boil faster, a great false bottom, well protected sight glasses, three thermometers.

I currently have two Turkey Fryers and use a Blich burner / Mash Tun, plan to upgrade to a 20G Blich kettle / burner with my Xmas bonus. Can't go wrong.

If price is your key object, Blich is expensive, and you can probably do more with less. But I think blich is like the IBM of brewing equipment- few ever regret buying the best.

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In my opinion, Blichmann. Their mash screen is awesome. it wont warp or let any grain particles through. Once I upgrade from a cooler, I am going to definitely get a Blichmann mash tun to match my Blichmann kettle.

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I had keggles and now have Boilermakers, biggest difference is weight - those keggles aint light. If you don't mind the exta weight and you can do the cutting and drilling yourself keggles are a good way to go, but personally, I wouldn't pay what many places are charging for the "pre made" keggles.
Overall I really like the Boilermakers, they're top quality, solid, well built & well designed and like the above poster noted Blichmann's false bottom is great, the best in the business IMO.

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Having used both Blichmann BoilerMakers and Keggles, If money isnt an issue id go with the Blichmanns. They are designed and built for brewing, pretty much ready to go (unless adding elements or sensors) and perform great and as stated above the false bottom cant be beat!

You can build a great keggle for half the price + your labor, time and tools.

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I would go with the Blichmann from Northern Brewer or Morebeer; MW is not for me.

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