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Old 03-30-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default First 10 Gallon Batch

Well, I finally stepped up and did my first 10 gallon batch. I'm VERY glad my neighbor happened to be home to give me a hand because I greatly underestimated how much 12 gallons of wort + a 30lb SS pot weighs. Needless to say it took 2 of us to pour the wort into the primaries. I started with about 12 gallons and ended with 10 gallons, slightly underestimated by burn off rate as it was my first time with the burner (Blichmann Burner). I think I'm going to do 10 gallon batches from now on, it took me the same amount of time as a 5 gallon batch did so why not?

My question is how do you guys transfer these 10 gallon batches? I can't be lugging around pots that weight 130lbs.

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Old 03-30-2010, 03:39 PM   #2
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A ball valve on the kettle is very handy. Before I had a valve I used to siphon to the fermentors.

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Old 03-30-2010, 03:42 PM   #3
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The kettle I bought doesn't have a ball valve, how easy is it to add one?

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Would have never dreamed of doing 10G without a ball valve.

Check out Bargainfittings.com. They have weldless kits or you can have a welder attach a 1/2" coupler to the pot. Either way.

The reason to not ALWAYS do 10G batches......10G of the same beer gets old quick.

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I'm wanting to do 10 gallon batches. The burner and the weight of things are what's holding me back.

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I'm wanting to do 10 gallon batches. The burner and the weight of things are what's holding me back.
With my setup now, I don't lift any brewing water until I move the fermentors. I have water plumbed into my electric HLT and gravity feed the rest of the way. Before I had all this in place we did one 10gal batch and realized the need.

A good burner is definately important. Luckilly we started with a good one.

Just think the process through well first. It really doesnt take much more to go to 10 gallon. And you make a lot more beer
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I'm wanting to do 10 gallon batches. The burner and the weight of things are what's holding me back.
What kind of burner do you have? I just picked up the Blichmann 72k BTU and it's great for 10 gallon batches. Took me all of 20 minutes to get 9 gallons of tap water (70F) to 190F for sparging.

I think I'm going to look into getting a ball valve in my pot, what does it take to drill through stainless steel?
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What kind of burner do you have? I just picked up the Blichmann 72k BTU and it's great for 10 gallon batches. Took me all of 20 minutes to get 9 gallons of tap water (70F) to 190F for sparging.

I think I'm going to look into getting a ball valve in my pot, what does it take to drill through stainless steel?
I used a step bit. A hole saw would probably work also. I used a weldless fitting on my kettle but when building my HLT I started soldering in my fittings. Here is a good thread if you think you might want to try soldering.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/sold...-steel-155782/
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Do you have any problems with leaks on your weldless fittings?

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Do you have any problems with leaks on your weldless fittings?
No, I don't now. Although the O-ring that my kit came with did leak at first. I noticed some of the kits have a slot in the washer to hold the ring in place. Mine didn't and when I tightened it in the ring would just squirt out the side of the washer. I just made my own rings with a piece of high temp 1/2 id tubing and it worked great.

You will also need to set up some sort of dip tube as the wort below the ball valve will need to siphon out. I just soldered together a copper male, elbow and short piece of pipe.
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