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Old 04-17-2010, 12:53 AM   #51
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yeah...

My mind is pretty much set on the keggles...anyways, this will be my first AG rig, thus leaving much room for improvement

do any suggest a false bottom for the kettle? Will this be of any use if I tend to brew with pellets most of the time??


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Old 04-17-2010, 01:49 AM   #52
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yeah...

My mind is pretty much set on the keggles...anyways, this will be my first AG rig, thus leaving much room for improvement

do any suggest a false bottom for the kettle? Will this be of any use if I tend to brew with pellets most of the time??
I use a braid. And I use a Sparky hop spider. I am pretty close to moving to getting rid of the braid and getting a Jaybird hinged false bottom, but I'll still keep the Sparky.

I ALWAYS brew with pellets.


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Old 04-17-2010, 01:58 AM   #53
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i use jaybirds hinged false bottoms. i believe i mentioned that. i also believe that one of the downsides to keggles is drilling holes in the wrong places. if you intend on using the keggles for 5 gallon batches more of the time, then be sure to mount temp gauge low, to the side of the drain valve. 5 gallons doesnt go up very high in a keg. if you mount the temp gauge above the drain valve, it wont read 5 gallon volumes and becomes useless. it works great for 10 gallon batches though. i use an inline thermowell with my drain valves so i can get accurate readings out of the tun.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:04 AM   #54
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^^ good point on the 5gal!!

how much are jaybird's false bottoms?

--> me likes the spider thing!!!!
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^^ good point on the 5gal!!

how much are jaybird's false bottoms?

--> me likes the spider thing!!!!
PM Jaybird and ask him. I think $95.

A braid is really cheap, so you might consider just doing it that way until you get your system done, then drop in the false bottom
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I just thought I would throw my 2 cents in. I have Keggles with welded in couplers. If I were to do over again and money was not a problem, I would go with a MegaPot. They are built like a brick chithouse, have copper sandwiched bottoms to spread out the heat and welded in couplers. I don't like the Blichmann's because they are all stainless steel and use weldless fittings and kettles are sometimes a pain in the ass.
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I just thought I would throw my 2 cents in. I have Keggles with welded in couplers. If I were to do over again and money was not a problem, I would go with a MegaPot. They are built like a brick chithouse, have copper sandwiched bottoms to spread out the heat and welded in couplers. I don't like the Blichmann's because they are all stainless steel and use weldless fittings and kettles are sometimes a pain in the ass.
Add Blichmann's asking cost $$$$$$$ also into this project.
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^^ hmmm they sure look nice...too bad the 15gal are out of stock...

the blichmann's are definately out of my mind...at least for now, although I might go with their auto sparge arm
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Are 15gal pots risky for 10gal recipes?????
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Are 15gal pots risky for 10gal recipes?????
Definitely not, at least in my brewery. I'm all electric, though, so I probably have better control over the heat. Still, I think a keggle great for 10g batches (13g boils) .


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