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Old 04-28-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default Are the Blichmann Boilermaker pots worth it?

I'm upgrading from a VERY cheap SS 5 gallon pot and would like to invest in a pot that will last. I don't mind shelling out a couple hundred for a 10 gallon brew pot but I want to make sure it's worth it.

also are the thermometers on those able to handle boiling or are they just for the Mash Tun? I'm going all grain soon so want to make sure I purchase the right stuff the first time and don't waste my money.

Any cheaper alternatives that would work just as well?

Also this is my first post. I've been a long time lurker and now first time poster.

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Old 04-28-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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I can only say 1 thing to help your search.... Go with 15 gal whatever brand you decide on... Trust me

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Old 04-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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The thermometers have no issue with boiling temps. The Blichmann/BoilerMaker kettles are first a KETTLE, as in for boiling wort. You can add a false bottom to it to convert it to a mash tun.

As for alternatives, IF you can get your hands on a couple of 1/2 barrel kegs, you can convert those for less.

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I'm also looking at a Blichmann, but I'm wondering if it is worth that much more than getting a megapot from northern brewer. I'm really only looking for a boil kettle, cause my 7.5 is just too small.

Should I save my money and get the megapot?

Why get the 15 gal? Is that just to give you the freedom of a 10 gallon batch?

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Most of my boils are at least 9.5 gallons now (getting 6.5-7 gallons into fermenter, to get 6 gallons to keg). So, a 10 gallon kettle is too small. If I wanted to do a longer boil, I'd need even more space (such as to reduce a bigger beer to it's target OG). I used my keggle for the first time on my old ale, which was about 12 gallons in the boil. I reduced it down to about 7 gallons into primary/fermenter.

As for going with a megapot... Never used one, never seen one in person. I would go with the keggle route if it I was you, provided you have access to some base kegs. Making your own keggle means you'll be able to customize it to fit YOUR desires. You can also go with better hardware where you wish, and not have items you don't need (or don't see the need for initially).

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I'm upgrading from a VERY cheap SS 5 gallon pot and would like to invest in a pot that will last. I don't mind shelling out a couple hundred for a 10 gallon brew pot but I want to make sure it's worth it.

also are the thermometers on those able to handle boiling or are they just for the Mash Tun? I'm going all grain soon so want to make sure I purchase the right stuff the first time and don't waste my money.

Any cheaper alternatives that would work just as well?

Also this is my first post. I've been a long time lurker and now first time poster.

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I've been honking about one of these too. Looking forward to the responses.
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My current keggle in use:


I'm selling it (tomorrow I hope) and will be making a replacement over the next few weeks. I have the base keg already polished up. Just need to cut the top and put the holes in it. Need to get with the welder/machine shop I use to get two items (TC ferrules) welded in for the new sight tube assembly.

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They are worth every penny. Good luck.

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+1 on the fifteen gallon recommendations. I got a 10 gallon as my first "real pot" it has since been upgraded and has sat on the shelf for about two years........

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