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Old 04-15-2010, 01:58 AM   #21
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Blichmans are mainly about bling, I admit.

The cost isnt outrageous though...

When you get a Blichman you are getting a SS kettle

designed with a dimensional aspect ratio made for brewing, not a chili pot

with a stepped bottom to all but eliminate deadspace

with snap in-out dip tubes that are fully adjustable

with expensive, large face, multi-position thermometers

with 3 piece ball valves

with lids

with BEEFY, well guarded and calibrated sight gauges

with tools and brushes to perform maintenance on the kettle itself

They may cost $400, but if you added all of that to many SS pots, youd be in the same ball park. It is just a kettle that sort of comes with the best of everything already installed.

Also, the button falsie is an engineering gem... it offers the even lautering of a falsie (efficiency), but with the clogging resistance of a slotted manifold, genius.

The kettles are light, VERY LIGHT, compared to a keggle... for someone that moves kettles around, it is very nice.

That all said... yah they are $400 each, but you are getting A LOT of stuff when you buy a Blichman, if you have no desire for that stuff, it makes no sense to buy one.
Cain't agree more... Still waiting on my three free Blich's to try out!
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:08 AM   #22
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i got my kegs from a friend at no cost, but after welding costs, ball valves, couplers, temp gauges, etc, each keggle was probably $200 each. i'm happy with the kegs, they do make beer. to each his own. there is no wrong choice. i also use the 10-tip jet burners and like them so far.

got my jet burners form topfoodservice.com. they dont speak the best english but have the parts i need.

http://www.topfoodservice.com/Mercha...roduct_Count=0

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:24 AM   #23
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Blichmans are mainly about bling, I admit.

The cost isnt outrageous though...

When you get a Blichman you are getting a SS kettle

designed with a dimensional aspect ratio made for brewing, not a chili pot

with a stepped bottom to all but eliminate deadspace

with snap in-out dip tubes that are fully adjustable

with expensive, large face, multi-position thermometers

with 3 piece ball valves

with lids

with BEEFY, well guarded and calibrated sight gauges

with tools and brushes to perform maintenance on the kettle itself

They may cost $400, but if you added all of that to many SS pots, youd be in the same ball park. It is just a kettle that sort of comes with the best of everything already installed.

Also, the button falsie is an engineering gem... it offers the even lautering of a falsie (efficiency), but with the clogging resistance of a slotted manifold, genius.

The kettles are light, VERY LIGHT, compared to a keggle... for someone that moves kettles around, it is very nice.

That all said... yah they are $400 each, but you are getting A LOT of stuff when you buy a Blichman, if you have no desire for that stuff, it makes no sense to buy one.

A 15 gallon Blichman is $370 with free shipping (they are drop shipped)

That pot listed above at MoreBeer is $240 with free shipping (then add the 3 piece ball valve for an additional $15, Blichman thermometer $73, and the Blichman sight gauge which has to cost at least $50 if you could buy one)

Now that pot costs you $378 from MoreBeer and you still have to build and install a pickup tube, it doesnt come assembled or drilled and it doesnt come with the tools to do so like the Blichman does.

Blichmans are expensive, but you are getting exactly what you are paying for.

if you dont want to build your own system Gabrew, you can purchase Willy Nilly's bad ass E-Brutus 20.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/100-...5000-a-172588/

By the way Willy........Beautiful!
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:26 AM   #24
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^^yeah I've replied to his thread...but its a bit out of my price-range and unfamiliar with the system's technicalities...but it sure is damn beautiful!!!

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^^yeah I've replied to his thread...but its a bit out of my price-range and unfamiliar with the system's technicalities...but it sure is damn beautiful!!!
Looking at some pilot breweries on ProBrewer and thier costs, mine is underpriced

I get it though, Id never drop $5k on a rig.
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I was going to get the 20gal tippy from morebeer = 2750$...but since I have the joy of living in Montreal...shipping just makes it rediculously expensive

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When you get a Blichman you are getting a SS kettle

designed with a dimensional aspect ratio made for brewing, not a chili pot
What does that even mean?
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What does that even mean?

The BoilerMaker™ is the only brew pot on the market designed from a clean sheet of paper solely for brewing. The height to diameter ratio is the ideal 1.2 to minimize boil-off and also prevent boil-overs. We've also optimized the sizes to blend seamlessly from hot liquor tanks, mash tuns, boil kettles to fermentors for the common batch sizes of 5/10/20/1bbl.


There is a plethera of useful information on their site
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John Blichmann is the guest speaker on Jamil's Brew Strong podcast named "The Boil". I believe it was a very recent one. He goes into much detail on his pots.

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John Blichmann is the guest speaker on Jamil's Brew Strong podcast named "The Boil". I believe it was a very recent one. He goes into much detail on his pots.
Yes, he is, it was... and it is a good way to learn more about the engineering that went into each kettle he makes.
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