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Old 06-13-2013, 02:56 AM   #1
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Default Blichmann BoilerMaker Worth It?

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I have some money coming my way and I want to move up to doing 10 gallon batches. Obviously this means getting a larger brew kettle. I've been looking around and it seems that the Blichmann BoilerMakers are top notch, but are they worth the price point over a Polar Ware kettle? For a 15 Gallon kettle it's about $100 bucks more and from what I can tell the only difference is the sight glass.

I have a Blichmann floor burner and love it so they must make some great stuff.

Anyone have one of the BoilerMaker kettles?

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:01 AM   #2
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Look for a keggle. I like it much better.

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:06 AM   #3
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I know a lot of people do keggles. My only thing with them is usually the kegs still are owned by the brewery and the deposit one would pay isn't comprable to the cost of the keg initially. I'm not really interested in the keggle route, but thanks for the advice.ß Other then the keggle option has anyone had any experience with these?

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I've got a 15 gal which I use to boil 5 gal batches. IMO, I'm not sure I can justify the added cost. If that polar ware kettle doesn't have a sight glass, then maybe. For 5 gal batches the thermometer is not very useful, but you won't have that problem.

If the polar ware kettle just has a different sight glass, then yea, save the $$$ and get something else you need.

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:16 AM   #5
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I have a 15 gal one and I love it. My father-in-law gave me a good sized gift certificate at my LHBS, so I didn't pay full price myself. I wouldn't have sprung for it otherwise, but I think I may when I buy another pot(for HLT).

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Cool. Good info about the thermometer at a 5 gallon batch. The Polar Ware I was looking at didn't have any sight glass. The kettle I have only had "punched" marks which show the level so it's never been too precise. The one I have now doesn't even have a ball valve so either will be a huge upgrade for me. I'll let you know what I finally decide. Thanks

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I would get this instead of the boilermaker.

Bayou Classic 15 gallon w/ false bottom

That's about $200 cheaper than Northern Brewer's price for the Boilermaker, before they add shipping. Then you could apply that $200 to other brewing goodies.

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I love my 15g Boilermaker. If you can afford it, it is worth the extra money. I think the only way to improve it is to buy a bigger one! Sight glass is actually fairly accurate. I like the add-ons like the hop-blocker. HUGE bling factor.

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:29 AM   #9
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I would get this instead of the boilermaker.

Bayou Classic 15 gallon w/ false bottom

That's about $200 cheaper than Northern Brewer's price for the Boilermaker, before they add shipping. Then you could apply that $200 to other brewing goodies.
That's pretty nice for the $$ too!!
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That's pretty nice for the $$ too!!
Yeah, and that particular seller is also offering free shipping. That same pot direct from Bayou is easily over $300.
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