Originally Posted by mblanks2
Nice. Not to jack your thread, but how quickly can you boil with the burners you have and you have Blichmann boilermakers, so what was your deciding factors on the Bayou Classic burners as opposed to Blichmann burners?
Not a thread jack. Questions about the build seem completely on topic. lol.
Well, the indirect answer to the question is that it takes me about 25-30 minutes to hit strike temperature for the mash in (going from 70-80 to 164ish). I treat and heat about 17 gallons at once for most batches. Initial mash uses about 6-7 gallons for most beers and then another 6 or so for a couple batch sparges. I usually only drop 10 or so degrees during mash in the HLT, so 5 or 10 minutes to get to sparge temp. Typically I don't drop enough to be concerned with between first and second batch sparge.
Once both batch sparges are complete, I'm typically still in the 150s in the BK, and it takes 15-20 minutes to hit boil. I boil about 13.25 gallons down to 10.5-11 for a 90 minute boil.
As far as the KAB6 vs Blichmann, it was basically price/performance. I got the KAB6s for 102.04 each with Prime shipping from Amazon by watching prices like a hawk. The Blichmanns would have cost me 150 plus shipping from most anywhere I looked. Blichmanns were also rated at 72K BTU vs 200K for the KAB6. Granted, I rarely crank it up all the way, but I'd rather have the capacity there and run it at 30-50% than run it at 80 or 90 and not have anywhere to go.