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Old 03-02-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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Whats the best option for 5 AND 10 gal batches
It's time to build my brew sculpture.
I do mostly 5 gal batches with a 7.5 gal pot and 2 10 gal coolers.
I also do some 10 gal batches with a converted keggle and the 10 gal coolers(tight).
Any advise appreciated.
ps I talked to several homebrew mailorder places, and was basically told to 'decide what size batches I wanted to brew' and go with that size. Really? There has to be a happy medium. It seemed themometer and drain locations were the biggest obstical. I really like the blichmanns with all the bells and whistles. Maybe the answer is to buy kettles and locate my own drains and thermometers. Could it be that simple.

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Old 03-02-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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I use a keggle for 5 and 10 gallon batches. Works great for both. I use a 15 gal cooler, which also works great for both, (Ice Cube cooler...tall and skinny ..so the grainbed isn't too thin even with a weak 5 gal batch...)

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Whats the best option for 5 AND 10 gal batches
It's time to build my brew sculpture.
I do mostly 5 gal batches with a 7.5 gal pot and 2 10 gal coolers.
I also do some 10 gal batches with a converted keggle and the 10 gal coolers(tight).
Any advise appreciated.
ps I talked to several homebrew mailorder places, and was basically told to 'decide what size batches I wanted to brew' and go with that size. Really? There has to be a happy medium. It seemed themometer and drain locations were the biggest obstical. I really like the blichmanns with all the bells and whistles. Maybe the answer is to buy kettles and locate my own drains and thermometers. Could it be that simple.
Blichmans are nice, but the thermometer locations are not ideal. This is a limit of the jig that they use to punch those holes.

You are good to go with a 15 gallon Blichman for boiling 5-10 gallon batches, BUT the thermometer is located at the 6.5 gallon position.

They are pretty kettles, they are well thought out (snap in dip tubes, easy to clean GLASS sight gauges etc...) You can get a nice kettle, and locate your own valves, thermometers etc though for much less... they just wont be as cohesive as the Blichman design, which was designed as a unit.

Sankeys are REALLY heavy, so keep that in mind... Polarware pots are really popular it seems.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:43 PM   #4
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Whats the best option for 5 AND 10 gal batches
It's time to build my brew sculpture.
Best? That's going to be pretty subjective.

For my money it's the one that will let you walk away from a full on boil and not boil over.
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It always seemed to me that the Blichmans were kind of thin/flimsy compared to the Polarwares. I guess they don't need to be that thick, but I prefer overbuilt, over-engineered systems.

That being said, If money were no object, I would buy Polarware's and have the fittings welded in to suit my needs.

Since money is an object, I am building mine with converted kegs and weldless fittings.

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I guess I'll have to call, but do you know if you can get the blichmann without the thermometer, and add it at the level I want?
I really like the 'bling' factor, and really want to have a knockout rig for my new cookshack.

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I guess I'll have to call, but do you know if you can get the blichmann without the thermometer, and add it at the level I want?
I don't see why not, though if they come with a warranty,that would probably void it.
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I guess I'll have to call, but do you know if you can get the blichmann without the thermometer, and add it at the level I want?
I really like the 'bling' factor, and really want to have a knockout rig for my new cookshack.
You cannot. You can plug the hole though.
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It always seemed to me that the Blichmans were kind of thin/flimsy compared to the Polarwares.
Really? Wow. I have never touched their kettle. Like the look tho'. I recently had a dialog with a Chinese conical manufacturer. I asked him for something I could look at, engineering drawings, pictures - anything - to get a dialog going on his products. He sent me a stock photo of the Blickmann Ferminator line complete with labels.
Gave me pause. Were they from that Chinese factory? Or did he just rip them of the internet? I didn't e-mail him again. The picture was grainy.
If they didn't care enough to have decent images ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

It was these guys:
http://www.cqindusg.com.cn/
http://www.cqindustry.com/
Their website does not have the Ferminator line on it.
It has these: http://www.cqindustry.com/product/product10_en.html


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I guess they don't need to be that thick, but I prefer overbuilt, over-engineered systems.
Me too.
Have you had the chance to feel the Bayou Classic Line?


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That being said, If money were no object, I would buy Polarware's and have the fittings welded in to suit my needs.
Will Polarware do it?
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