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Old 04-15-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

Slowly but surely planning on building a version of the infamous Brutus 10. Question is...I have access to kegs but have come through numerous posts where people are all wired up on the Blichmann and other SS pots. I do realize that the kegs will require some modification, but that the fun part....right?

Just wanted to know what the Blichmann hype was all about and what sites provide the necessary equipement for keg modifications (false bottom, sight glass,...etc all non-weld).

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Old 04-15-2010, 01:01 AM   #2
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Hey everyone,

Slowly but surely planning on building a version of the infamous Brutus 10. Question is...I have access to kegs but have come through numerous posts where people are all wired up on the Blichmann and other SS pots. I do realize that the kegs will require some modification, but that the fun part....right?

Just wanted to know what the Blichmann hype was all about and what sites provide the necessary equipement for keg modifications (false bottom, sight glass,...etc all non-weld).

Thanks for you help!!

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Can't help much my friend except to say that that's why I stuck with the SS pots... They already come with a big hole in the top!

When the Blich's first came out, he and I conversed about adding the dimensions of his pots to his website as I was getting a ton of questions if they would fit. I believe they are still there on his site, although I know that some are having an issue with the 15 gals fitting on my stand... They have reversed engineered several mods to make these pots fit nicely... The stepped bottom would be the only issue that I know about.
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:05 AM   #3
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wow, an answer from the Brutus guru himself!

I've just watched the videos and pushed me into building a brutus rather than buying a turn-key system.

So from what i understand, you are not using the blichmann but SS pot...would you mind letting me in on which ones (polar or megapots or...??)

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It's all bling factor if you ask me. You can put together a 3 keg system for less than 1 Boilmaker. Save the money and use it on other aspects of your system.

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^^ thats exactly what i thought...especially the false bottom...doesn't seem too efficient in comparison to the standard mesh...

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I have kegs that I converted myself. I built a brutus clone.
I would like to have the morebeer 15 gallon pots now.
The concave bottom in the kettle causes some issues that I jsut deal with for now.

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I have kegs that I converted myself. I built a brutus clone.
I would to have the morebeer 15 gallon pots now.
The concave bottom in the kettle causes some issues that I jsut deal with for now.
what kind of issues
-loss of wort?
-trouble draining?
-burn-on?

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Old 04-15-2010, 01:11 AM   #8
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First, this site is the only one you will need for all your beer needs. The DIY section, especially in the sticky at the top called "Project Locator".

I have 3 keggles and IMO they are the best. I gaurantee, though, that anyone who spend the clams on a shiny blichmann pot will differ.

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i built a brutus 10 using kegs. i enjoyed building the system, from polishing the kegs to welding the stand and kegs, so if you think you will enjoy building it, go that route. some of the differences i know of, without assumption, is that kegs are not identical, as some have dings, and different shapes, etc. blichmann's kettles are precisely accurate and similiar in shape and size. DIY hole punching in kegs is hard to get accurate.

kegs can be cheaper than Blichmann's---but not by much when you put all costs of welded/weldless sightglasses, temp gauges, drain valves, etc. browse the classifieds for some used blichmann kettles and you may come across a good deal.

my only assumption here is that Blichmann kettles probably hot a more even heat distribution more-so than kegs.

as far as equipment, search the vendors here on HBT. Jaybird makes excellent false bottoms (go with the hinged version if you are using kegs).

For my brutus build, I obtained 90% of my equipment through MoreBeer.com, brewershardware.com, northernbrewer.com, and austinhomebrew.com.

morebeer has been excellent to me. i rarely order online with them. i usually call in and speak with them over the phone. good luck and pm me if you have specific questions or are having hard times finding certain parts. i'll be more than happy to help you as i just brewed my first batch last weekend on my new system and am brewing again this weekend,

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Awesome...thanks everyone for the heads up and encouragement on going with the Brutus.

Because I can pretty much get the kegs for free, I'll most probably be going that route for now and if every I decide to change in the future...the rig will accomodate 15gal kettles.

Cant wait to get started!!!!

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