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Old 03-27-2011, 12:22 AM   #1
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I am looking into getting a new brew kettle after many batches of battling the 20qt I got when I first started brewing. It's like I have "learned" to outgrow it. I try to get as much water in the pot to boil, but always end up with a near overflow. Control of the heat is very critical when it is that full. So my question is, if I am going to consider a brew kettle what one should I get? I am making only five gallon batches at a time, but I may go into 10 gallon batches so I can keg half and bottle the other half. Money isn't really an object, so please advise away.

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Old 03-27-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
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I am looking into getting a new brew kettle after many batches of battling the 20qt I got when I first started brewing. It's like I have "learned" to outgrow it. I try to get as much water in the pot to boil, but always end up with a near overflow. Control of the heat is very critical when it is that full. So my question is, if I am going to consider a brew kettle what one should I get? I am making only five gallon batches at a time, but I may go into 10 gallon batches so I can keg half and bottle the other half. Money isn't really an object, so please advise away.

Thanks in advance!
Are you getting heat from a stove top or a propane burner or...?


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Old 03-27-2011, 01:43 AM   #3
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Yeah good point. I am using a propane burner. I couldn't imagine doing that stuff on my stove, let alone I hear horror stories of people brewing on their flat top stove and they end up cracking from weight issues.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:56 AM   #4
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Yeah good point. I am using a propane burner. I couldn't imagine doing that stuff on my stove, let alone I hear horror stories of people brewing on their flat top stove and they end up cracking from weight issues.
While there might be a lot of different opinions out there, I've enjoyed a converted keg (keggle) setup. At 15.5 gallon capacity, I can do either 5 or 10 gallons batches, they're super tough, easy to clean...love em! You can customize them as much as you want too.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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I'd get a Blichmann Boilermaker.

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I went with a 15G kettle.. a 15G stainless kettle with a spigot, dip tube, thermometer, and sight glass is what I use. Check to make sure the thermometer is going to be low enough for 5G batches.
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Check out the Penrose kettle: http://brewhemoth.com/penrose-kettle
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For the price, you can't really beat a converted Keggle. It only costs $50 for the shell plus another $50 or so for add-ons (valves, sight-glass, etc.)

The Blichmanns are pretty but at $369 for a 15 gallon pot, they aren't exactly easy on the wallet.


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