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Old 09-12-2009, 09:15 AM   #1
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I am thinking about buying a keggle for a mash tun. I would be brewing in the garage and would have the Bayou classic with kettle as a burner and for heating sparge water. Would I need a second burner? I could heat the sparge water and strike water inside on the stove. It is an electric stove though. Maybe I would be better off buying a cooler MLT? Or maybe get a two burner system.

I need some suggestions I just can't make up my mind. I really like the idea of keggles for 10 gallon batches and they aren't too expensive.

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Old 09-12-2009, 09:18 AM   #2
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where are you getting the kegs from??

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Old 09-12-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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Someone on here has a few that we were trying to work a deal out with. But hes afraid he cant ship the ball valve braid and all that as well as the keg. I was just trying to find one that was assembled. I saw some on ebay going from 175 to 230 with welded fittings and all the trimmings. I was hoping to find something cheaper.

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Old 09-12-2009, 09:37 AM   #4
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yeah - I'm trying to set up a 10 gallon system but have had no luck finding kegs to use as kettles

My lucky friend got 2 for free and a third smaller one for $5

sorry - I didn't mean to hijack your thread

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If you use a cooler for your mashtun you can heat strike water in your keggle then add it to your cooler and have your keggle free again. Your burner is also free again. I also have the Bayou Classic and it is a bit of overkill but my water is hot quick! The only place you run into a problem and need a second pot is to heat your sparge water. Once you have wort in your keggle it isn't very useful for heating sparge water. I'm guessing you still have a 5 G(?) pot from your extract brews. If you do you can use these to heat sparge water, especially if you are doing batch sparges. Best of luck. It can be done!

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Old 09-13-2009, 08:05 AM   #6
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I could but I was hoping to brew 10 gallon batches as I brew with a partner. I was hoping to go with two keggles, one for a mlt and one for a boil kettle, but I may just use the cooler route, it's alot cheaper and I hear it may be a better option anyhow. What do you think?

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Old 09-13-2009, 08:15 AM   #7
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Does anyone have an opinion on this. Can I use my electric stove inside to heat up 5 gallons of sparge water and then take it to the garage, Or do I need a second gas burner?

Thanks.

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You can get by with a single burner. Heat the strike water. Mash in and then heat the sparge water during the mash. Sparge, collect and boil.

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Old 09-13-2009, 05:15 PM   #9
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There's more that one way to do this, but it's doable with one burner. I use a 10 gal cooler (often on sale at home depot) as a HLT. I heat the sparge water in the brewpot during the mash, after it reaches temp transfer to the cooler. Then drain into the brewpot and sparge from the cooler.

I know I wouldn't want to carry 5 gallons of hot water to the garage, but that's just me.

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