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Old 01-20-2011, 02:17 PM   #11
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I fully agree. I brew 10 gallon batches in a 15 gallon pot (morebeer brewpot) and the pre-boil volume has the pot totally maxed out. Fermcap is a must have. A 20 gallon pot would be a much better fit.
I upgraded to the Blichmann 20 gal from the same exact 15 gal morebeer kettle. It really makes a difference going from around 1.5" of head space preboil to 9 or 10 inches. I did need to modify my IC for the increased height.

I am converting the old kettle to an MLT.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:24 PM   #12
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I upgraded to the Blichmann 20 gal from the same exact 15 gal morebeer kettle. It really makes a difference going from around 1.5" of head space preboil to 9 or 10 inches. I did need to modify my IC for the increased height.

I am converting the old kettle to an MLT.
Perhaps one day I will make the same upgrade. Right now I can't afford it and the 15 gallon is workable with the use of fermcap.

My 10 gallon batches are more like 12 gallon batches. I'm really shotting for 10 gallons of finished beer in the keg so I start with more wort to make up for losses to trub, dry hops, transfers, etc...

On 90 min boils the pre boil volume can exceed 15 gallons. I just hold some wort in a bucket and add it in during the boil. I've had that pot at a rolling boil with less then a half inch of head space.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:35 PM   #13
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I have a 15 gal Blichmann. I really like it. The false bottom works great, everything is great quality. I like how the site glass is protected with metal so there is no chance of breaking it. Overall I'm glad I bought it and would buy again. I mash in the Blichmann and boil in a keggle. I also have the Blichmann therminator. Another great piece of equipment. Couldn't imagine not having it.

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Old 01-20-2011, 04:16 PM   #14
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Has anyone modified a 15 gallon kettle thermometer to brew 5 gallons of beer?
I did my mashtun, it works fine, just buy the plug they sell, and drill carefully!!

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I have the measurements in a post somewhere, I can dig them up if need be. I have the 15's, their a good in between size imo. I do mostly 6 gallon batches, with the occasional double.

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Old 01-20-2011, 09:22 PM   #15
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I dig those valves...

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Old 01-21-2011, 04:06 AM   #16
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I did my mashtun, it works fine, just buy the plug they sell, and drill carefully!!

Good pots, customer service is lacking.





I have the measurements in a post somewhere, I can dig them up if need be. I have the 15's, their a good in between size imo. I do mostly 6 gallon batches, with the occasional double.

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That would be awesome if you can pull that up for me man! I have searched on the forum and couldnt find anything.

I think 15 would be the way to go for both 10 and 5 gallon boils. You can always boil 8 or 9 gallons in the kettle and just top it off with water when it goes in the fermenter. This way you can get more headspace room!
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I went 1 7/8" from center of hole to center of hole, I could have gone 2", but that's pushing it. PLEASE check these measurements on your setup before drilling. Also, be advised that your thermometer has to be tilted up for this to work, which all mine are anyway's. No problems opening or closing the ball valve either.


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