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Old 11-23-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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I need some pointers...I recently purchased a lot of kegs and the larger ones are 50liter...13.3 gallons or so...should have been 15.5gal. Can I use the 13.3 gals for the Mash Tun and HLT? Brew kettle would need to be 15.5gal, right? Thanks for everyones help.

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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All grain? 5 or 10 gallons?

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:35 PM   #3
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I will be brewing 10gal batches

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I have a 13g imperial keg for my HLT, serves me just fine for 10g batches. I need to top it off during the mash to be sure I have enough water to sparge, but I have an hour to remember to do that and get it to temp, so no problems.

To do a 10g batch, I usually start with 13.5g of wort in the kettle, boil off maybe a gallon and a half to two gallons, and lose about .5g to trub and hops. My goal being to get 5.5 in each carboy.

Since you'll need to start high and boil down, I don't think the smaller kegs would work too well as a boil kettle.

Edit: I know some folks on here who boil in smaller kettles use foam control products that could let you fill almost to the rim, I've never used one so ymmv

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Old 11-23-2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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Caspio thanks for the help.

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Old 11-23-2008, 11:41 PM   #6
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this is a pretty good herms setup....with all the info on how he built it.

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Old 11-24-2008, 01:43 AM   #7
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I'll go along with that. If you're planning on doing 10 gal batches, you need to have a 15gal boil pot. I'd think your mash tun would be fine. I have a 9 gal mash tun with false-bottom, my HLT and boil pot will both be converted sanke kegs (15gal) -still working on them, though. Currently I'm just doing 5gallon boils with an aluminum pot -but as was said- 10 gallon boils will foam a signifficant amount -unless you opt to use anti-foaming products (I've never used these so I have NO idea about how they work).
My system will be a HERMS when I'm done (have a large order of goodies to place with northern, soon as SWMBO says I'm clear -grin.

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