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Old 04-05-2012, 01:19 AM   #11
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These dont look terrible.. thoughts?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/all-g...-mash-tun.html
http://www.homebrewstuff.com/brewing...w-hlt-kit.html

Second link looks like a cheap valve though
Got My 10 Gallon Rubber Maid at Wal Mart for $30 and the valve and FB from northern brewer cheaper than buying one of these and I went all stainless...
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:24 AM   #12
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I have both Stout and Blickmann. I will NEVER buy another Blickmann as Stout is better. It has Tri Clover fittings, is heavier metal and has welded filttings that never leak. My Blickmann 20 gallon leaks like crazy and because the metal is so thin, the metal around the outlet has bent. I have to take a mallet to it every so often so that we only lose about a cup or so of wort when brewing. I have a 45 gallon Stout brew kettle on order from Stout. One more thing I like about the stout kettle is that it has a whirlpool inlet. Me, I would go all Stout. The price is better and the equipment is better. The only downside is the lead time.

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Old 04-05-2012, 01:28 AM   #13
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On another note, either a Blickmann or Stout will lose heat. We use a HERMS and have excellent control of our Mash Temps. Before we got our Stout Mash Tun, we use the 10 gallon Igloo cooler. They held the temperature very well. If you go Stainless, you will need to insulate well or use RIMS or HERMS.

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Old 04-05-2012, 01:29 AM   #14
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Don't know if that could happen. I left my 10 gal. igloo up at Adventures in Homebrewing years ago, and it became sorta the store mash tun. Since then, literally hundreds of batches have gone through it! It's been loaned out, homebrew demo's, whatever. Partially melted on one side, cracked n repaired, still going strong n holding temps! Still though, it's nice to have a brand new one, and don't be afraid to buy one from your LHBS guys, they're the ones you need to keep in business for that emergency yeast pack or broken hydrometer replacement you'll need in the future!
I said COULD fail but it all depends on hot you normally strike/preheat/sparge with. The insulation claims to only hold up to 212* before shrinking and at our temps we get somewhat close to that number so over the years you may get some shrinkage that may cause you to loose an extra degree or few compared to a new one.

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The links didn't take me to MLTs.

Anywho, Doesn't the Blichmann 3 tier come with a burner for the MLT? It's been a while since I've looked at those shiny toys.
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Anywho, Doesn't the Blichmann 3 tier come with a burner for the MLT? It's been a while since I've looked at those shiny toys.
The beauty of that beast is you can decide if you wan't a burner or a simple shelf for a cooler MLT. I'm thinking about getting the stand with a top burner for a HLT, middle shelf for a cooler MLT (for batch sparging) and bottom burner for a bottom BK. Thoughts?
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:50 PM   #16
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Sounds like an awesome idea, but if you had a plastic MLT would the heat from the top burner have any chance of melting/warping it?

FYI, I use a 2 vessel system and transfer with buckets and have never seen a 3 tier in action.

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Sounds like an awesome idea, but if you had a plastic MLT would the heat from the top burner have any chance of melting/warping it?

FYI, I use a 2 vessel system and transfer with buckets and have never seen a 3 tier in action.
Good question. I'll have to ask about that. I'm pretty sure though they are a good distance apart and you can have them facing different directions. You can see that the burners jut out a big so it's probably not directly over the MLT. (I'm hoping)

Checkout out the 4th image: http://www.blichmannengineering.com/...d_modular.html
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I see... Might not be a problem but you might find someone else who has found out the hard way. Do you already have your pump(s)?

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I see... Might not be a problem but you might find someone else who has found out the hard way. Do you already have your pump(s)?
No pumps but this setup doesn't shouldn't require it right?
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I had a brain fart...

The tiers are there so you don't need any pumps but you do need to get the water into the HLT on top. You can do it with a ladder and buckets.

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