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Old 04-09-2012, 02:20 AM   #21
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My wife and a couple of friends got me some brew gear for my birthday. I now have the Blichmann burner with 24" legs and a 20 Gal Megapot. I had assumed it would be a generic pot of some kind, but this one says Polarware on the bottom (for what it's worth).

I looked around at pots and knew what the dimensions were (21" diameter and 17" high), but knowing and seeing are two different things. When I opened the box all I could think was "That thing is HUGE!".

Together these two pieces are almost half of the cost of my entire build. Did I mention I love my wife? I assembled everything and tested it out today, I am going to love brewing with this! Going to use it next weekend for a Honey Porter.

Here's a picture of the new burner and pot next to the old turkey fryer I've been using.

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:19 PM   #22
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i started out with something very similar...and its a lot of jockeying......so i made some tweaks.

heres my set up. i made the HLT electric, with a 1500 watt element and controller. IT simplified the steps significantly. I pump form the HLT into the MT, and use gravity everywheres else.....

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:35 AM   #23
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I like how you're keeping it simple. That's the one concern I had going in to this... is all the hose swapping going to get old? I started out thinking I'd do a three tier gravity system, but I didn't like how tall it would end up. Your setup sounds like a nice blend between the two.

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New Chugger pump arrived in the mail yesterday. Got notice they were finally in stock, so I ordered one the same day. They shipped almost instantly.

With any luck I should have a box full of fittings waiting for me when I get home. Never thought I'd get excited about a bunch of plumbing parts!

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What is the advantage of the Chugger over a march?

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What is the advantage of the Chugger over a march?
price...Chugger copied March on the design so everything is pretty much the same. Negative to chugger is it is not USA made and you don't get the support from Walter who is a march pump owners best friend. Not trying to bash chugger but if you have the money I would get March.
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Thanks.. Yes I believe in spending the extra buck to get the best quality equipment. In my experience it usually pays down the road.

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I decided on the Chugger based on the stainless head. The two seemed pretty close as far as performance and I thought I'd avoid any issues (granted minimal) with plastic threads. I looked around and saw pros and cons for each, but neither had a clear advantage.

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Started working on my MLT conversion tonight. I'm using Bobby_M's idea for a PVC spacer to support the cooler wall. All went well until I tried screwing the camlock fitting into the valve. Either the teflon tape wasn't up to the task, or the threads were too messed up, but I jammed it good. Took a while to get them back apart and it only went in a couple of threads deep.

Saw someone recommend Loctite 567 for stainless fittings instead of the teflon tape. I'm going to get some and give it another try. Anybody else have trouble with this? I was expecting this to be the easy part.

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My wire shelving arrived and I had to laugh when I saw the product code. Guess I picked the right tool for the job, these shelves say "ALE" right on the box!

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