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Old 08-25-2010, 11:24 PM   #1
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finally cut the top on my keg and also built a hop bag strainer. Gotta cut my other keg soon and then work on my brew area to eliminate some of the manual carrying of wort/water. But at least boilovers are a thing of the past, 6.5 gallons preboil in a 7.5 gallon turkey cooker was tricky.

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Old 10-15-2010, 11:06 PM   #2
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is that really necessary?

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 03:45 AM   #3
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is that really necessary?
Is what really necessary?

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:40 AM   #4
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It is not "necessary." They are both very good additions to any home-brewery. If you have one keggle, then you'll probably have three one day. If you have three keggles then you'll probably get a pump. If you have a pump then you need a hop strainer so you don't clog your pump when you pump your wort out of your keggle.

When I started brewing, I used two buckets (With blankets for insulation) for a MLT, and one large canner pot for my HLT and BK. It's the only equipment you need that's "necessary." But if you start doing 10 gallon batches, or you want to eliminate boilovers, or just wanna expand your brewery; those are two outstanding additions.

Awesome Catt. I hope you enjoy your additions!
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:02 PM   #5
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I see a ball valve and dip tube in your future. Good work!

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:09 PM   #6
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well since others have brought this back, ill let u guys know that I now have 2 keggles cut and plumbed. HLT with a ball valve and pickup tube, this will also get a sight glass in the future. The second is the BK with a home made false bottom (slotted sanke top from my cut), ball valve and dip tube.

And to baystatebrew, no it isnt necessary, but pellet hops make such a sludgy mess that i was hoping to contain some of that. I wanted a center dip tube so i didnt leave so much behind and this way i can almost completely drain the bk without getting all that in the fermenter.

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Old 10-16-2010, 01:11 PM   #7
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oh ok. i was just researching keggles as i'm interested in thinking about setting one up myself. this makes much more sense to me now that i've thought about it and seen this explained. thanks guys

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 02:10 PM   #8
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It is not "necessary." They are both very good additions to any home-brewery. If you have one keggle, then you'll probably have three one day. If you have three keggles then you'll probably get a pump. If you have a pump then you need a hop strainer so you don't clog your pump when you pump your wort out of your keggle.

When I started brewing, I used two buckets (With blankets for insulation) for a MLT, and one large canner pot for my HLT and BK. It's the only equipment you need that's "necessary." But if you start doing 10 gallon batches, or you want to eliminate boilovers, or just wanna expand your brewery; those are two outstanding additions.

Awesome Catt. I hope you enjoy your additions!
Dude, you're not making a whole lot of sense here. No one said anything was "necessary" but you from what I can see. The equipment options when brewing are near limitless, so when you get down to it, the only thing that's really "necessary" is desire.

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 03:55 PM   #9
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is that really necessary?
If you are referring to the paint bag hop strainer, if one plans on using a plate chiller it is.
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:16 PM   #10
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ahhhh... I remember when I made and used my first keggle. may you have many more upgrades to come.

the hop bag is still on my to do list.

 
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