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Old 02-19-2009, 05:48 AM   #11
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4500W and 55gallons starting at 150F to boil takes 1hour and 57minutes. I'd say that's too long. 35kW knocks it down to 15min, more of what I would be accustomed to with my propane burner.

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Old 02-19-2009, 01:15 PM   #12
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Grain bill is 100 - 125 lbs. Mash tun could hold up to 150 lbs, but a 50 gal boil is about as far as we go comfortably.

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Old 02-19-2009, 01:25 PM   #13
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:41 PM   #14
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I use two SQ-14 burners mounted in one stand.

I also have my kettle insolated so it holds the heat well.
If I fire up the two burners when I start my last sparge (batch sparge) it will be to a boil by the time I'm done draining. Maybe 15 minutes.

Be ready to use 40+ pounds of grain.

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Old 02-19-2009, 04:44 PM   #15
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Cool, those 240k btu burners are 48 bucks a pop and the boilermakers are 620 a pop.. anyone got a couple grand they want to get rid of?

I think Nat gas is the option were going to go with

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Old 02-19-2009, 04:50 PM   #16
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I can't believe you guys with your 50 gallon systems....really, WTF? I mean it's awesome, but how much does it cost to do one batch of beer? I think you just broke my brain a little with those pics...

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:02 PM   #17
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Do you split you batches with friends? Who would want 50 gallons of beer all at once?

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:09 PM   #18
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Do you split you batches with friends? Who would want 50 gallons of beer all at once?

Maybe that's the only way there's enough left for ageing/conditioning?
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:25 PM   #19
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Legally, you can only use that setup 4 times a year for your personal consumption

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:45 PM   #20
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So, my friend and I want to build a 55gal brewery using 3 blichmann boilermakers, but I was wandering how large of a burner we were going to need to be able to boil. I dont want it soo hot that it scorches wort at the bottom, but i dont want to wait 3 hours to heat up water either.

topfoodservice.com has a natural gas burner 240,000 BTU.. would that be sufficient?

If we decided to go electric is 1 4500 Watt element enough?
I just went to that site and I couldn't find that 240,000 btu burner. Can you post it here in this thread so I can see it.
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