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Old 03-05-2014, 10:49 PM   #21
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Interesting thought... would a 20G be too large (diameter wise) to do 5 gallon batches? I'd assume it'd work for any size 10G batch... Would the 15G work ok for 5 gallon batches?
(purely for MT here)... I know the 20G will work for 5 or 10G boils... but may have a bit more evaporation to deal with but can add water to account for that.

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Old 03-05-2014, 10:52 PM   #22
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In regards to the boil pot though... I'm currently thinking about the following arrangement
in center down low, 90 degree on inside connected to 3pc valve + camlock, directly above that at top of pot, a camlock going into pot with a 90deg compression fitting on it with downtube (2x sizes to change btw 5/10G batches) for whirlpooling...
to the right of that a sight glass and to the left of that mounted at ~ 4 gallon mark a thermometer...

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Old 03-08-2014, 12:53 AM   #23
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Any thoughts? Another option is to omit the sightglass altogether and just etch the inside with marks...

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I would use the 15 gal for 5 gal boils, and the 20 for 10 gal boils.

In terms of the pickup tube for the kettle, I just have a piece of tubing that comes out of the back of the ball valve, does a hard 90 and rests up against the side of the pot. My whirlpool port sits about 3" off the bottom of the pot, and is just another ball valve on the outside, with a 90* elbow on the inside, that has a 45* tube out of it, that pretty much repeats the diameter of the pot. It can be used for both 5 and 10 gal batches. Nothing pretty. But it gets the job done.

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Sure a 20 will "work" for five gallon batches, but I would find it inconvenient and overly large, a 20 gal is a damn big pot!

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I would use the 15 gal for 5 gal boils, and the 20 for 10 gal boils.

In terms of the pickup tube for the kettle, I just have a piece of tubing that comes out of the back of the ball valve, does a hard 90 and rests up against the side of the pot. My whirlpool port sits about 3" off the bottom of the pot, and is just another ball valve on the outside, with a 90* elbow on the inside, that has a 45* tube out of it, that pretty much repeats the diameter of the pot. It can be used for both 5 and 10 gal batches. Nothing pretty. But it gets the job done.
+1 I would just re-arrange the pots depending on what size batch you want to do, that way you still maintain flexability and scalability in your brewery
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That makes sense, but right now I have a 15 and a 20 that I plan to setup as HLT/boil... I was thinking of ordering another 20 to make a mash tun (possible do RIMS with it)... I currently have a 10G cooler for a mash tun which I could keep and use for 5G batches, but would prefer to just use the 20G mash tun for all batches if it'll work and I won't have issues with too shallow of a grain bed...
I guess if doing a 5G batch I could swap the 15/20G pots and use the 15G for boil and the 20 for a HLT...

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