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Old 11-21-2013, 09:55 PM   #21
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Would be nice if they offered it non punched. That was one of the drivers for me to buy another brand of 15 gallon pot. Now I'm sad and wished I just ignored the therm for 5 gallon batch boils

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Old 11-21-2013, 10:08 PM   #22
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You can punch a second hole and move it. Blichmann sells hole plugs specifically for this.

I have 3 x 20 gallon Blichmanns but never boil less than 10 gallon batches (kegged amount so about 11-12 gallons post boil).

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That's a good idea. I have seen the plugs he sells but only sporadically....
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:45 PM   #23
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Would be nice if they offered it non punched.
Yup. I would have bought 3 without any analog temp probes at all if that was possible.

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Placed an order yesterday for the 20 gallon pot and hop blocker. I can't wait to use it.

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Old 11-24-2013, 07:21 PM   #25
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Another faithful Blingman owner here. I own a 20 gal mash tun wit the false bottom, a 20 gal. boiler maker with the hop screen, and a 30 gal. boiler maker for my 23 gallon batches. I have never been let down with these pots.

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The kettle arrived over the weekend. Now to work up the courage to pop a hole in it for the Recirc port. I do plan also to move the thermometer down a couple of inches.

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Worked up the courage to put holes in the new Blichmann 20 gallon Boilermaker. I put a 1/2" hole at the four gallon mark for the thermometer and a 7/8" hole at the 13 gallon mark for recirculation port. Getting the pilot holes drilled was the toughest part (next to calming my nerves.)

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Old 12-04-2013, 01:01 PM   #28
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Worked up the courage to put holes in the new Blichmann 20 gallon Boilermaker. I put a 1/2" hole at the four gallon mark for the thermometer and a 7/8" hole at the 13 gallon mark for recirculation port. Getting the pilot holes drilled was the toughest part (next to calming my nerves.)
Looks good. What did you use to make the holes?
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The 7/8" hole was made with a Greenlee hydraulic punch. The 1/2" hole was made with an Irwin step bit. I used a butt load of Harbor Freight HSS bits for the pilot holes.

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I'm thinking of building an electric RIMS system so trying to figure out the best way to set it all up. I'm curious why you drilled a hole for the recirc port. Is that preferable to just placing the hose through the top of the kettle and holding it in pace with the weight of the lid?

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