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Old 01-13-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default 10 or 20 Gal Boilermakers

I'm having a hard time deciding on what size Boilermaker pots to use in my electric setup that I am working on. Currently I only brew 5 Gal batches and right now do not have the storage space for 10 Gal but I am sure I will do it someday. If I decide to go with the 20 Gal Boilermakers has anyone had any major issues brewing 5 Gal batches? I know the Brewmometer will not reach as it is placed at about the 9 Gal mark. Is there any other issues besides that that I should be aware of?



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Old 01-13-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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I use the 20 gal models in my electric brew rig. I am glad that I went with the 20's. If you're already making this large of an investment, you might as well go big.

I have successfully brewed 5 gallon batches in the 20 gal kettles, though I usually put about 5.5 gallons in the fermenter. Be careful when you install your heating element. I put mine at 4" and have had no problems with a 5 gallon batch, but it's close. You might try 3.5" if you're not using a hop blocker or anything like that.



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I bought 15's, the perfect in between size.



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I bought 15's, the perfect in between size.



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Do you have any issues with boilover on the 15's? I figured it would be ok you would just have to keep an eye on it.
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I've been watching the the Brewhemoth conical thread, and I'm planning to purchase one when they work out the new temperature control system. Since they are a 22 gallon capacity for a super reasonable price ($430), I'm extra glad that I purchased the 20 gallon kettles. It's possible to ferment 5 gallon batches in the Brewhemoth, so this system offers me a great deal of flexibility. I figure that I should be able to do 5-15 gallon batches.

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Do you have any issues with boilover on the 15's? I figured it would be ok you would just have to keep an eye on it.
I haven't done a double batch yet, but I have zero concerns. Electric is so adjustable, I have no hot break issues. I could boil 13+ gallons in there with no worries.

And I was a 20 gallon pot guy for 12 gallon batches with burners.


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