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Mirilis 02-19-2009 02:11 AM

Burner size for 55 gal kettle
 
So, my friend and I want to build a 55gal brewery using 3 blichmann boilermakers, but I was wandering how large of a burner we were going to need to be able to boil. I dont want it soo hot that it scorches wort at the bottom, but i dont want to wait 3 hours to heat up water either.

topfoodservice.com has a natural gas burner 240,000 BTU.. would that be sufficient?

If we decided to go electric is 1 4500 Watt element enough?

hopsalot 02-19-2009 02:22 AM

that is a sh#$ load of brew, I have no idea, good luck

brewpal 02-19-2009 02:55 AM

I started with a 44 jet propane burner, but it was actually a bit much and it sucked the propane so fast we had to immerse the tank in warm water just to keep it vaporizing. :drunk:

Went with a 32 tip NG burner for all the right reasons and never turned back.

50 gal boils (fermcap rules):

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double_e5 02-19-2009 02:58 AM

Now that is some beer porn....

PUD 02-19-2009 02:59 AM

is that a trash can??

brewpal 02-19-2009 03:06 AM

55 gal SS drum that held coke syrup in a past life then used as a wine fermenter.

BrewBeemer 02-19-2009 04:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brewpal (Post 1143843)
55 gal SS drum that held coke syrup in a past life then used as a wine fermenter.

Do I dare ask how many pounds of grain were used?

Jaybird 02-19-2009 04:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mirilis (Post 1143698)
So, my friend and I want to build a 55gal brewery using 3 blichmann boilermakers, but I was wandering how large of a burner we were going to need to be able to boil. I dont want it soo hot that it scorches wort at the bottom, but i dont want to wait 3 hours to heat up water either.

topfoodservice.com has a natural gas burner 240,000 BTU.. would that be sufficient?

If we decided to go electric is 1 4500 Watt element enough?

240,000 BTU is GOBS plenty if not OVERKILL (Yuri would be so proud)
as far as 1x4500 watt element.... Uhhh NO!!!! that will not do it.... EVER!!!!
maybe 4x4500 watt elements and I think that will be pushing it, at best.
Good luck!
Cheers
JJ

BrewBeemer 02-19-2009 04:43 AM

What is your grain bill? Maybe 130 pounds with a group buy in?
Like the movie Jaws, "I think we need a bigger boat".

BrewBeemer 02-19-2009 04:46 AM

And i'm worried about 11KW for starting a boil with 19.5 gallons of a insulated keggle.
Your electric meter will need a tach to keep track of the rpm's to heat 55 gallons with electricity only.

Check the calculators at; http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml Green Bay Rackers--Mash Calculators

This should give you some numbers to work off or get shocked with.


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