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Old 07-08-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
Aug 2009
San Francisco
Posts: 43

Hey guys,

I was really bummed out to see the big warning on my boilermaker when I unpacked it. I have a 10 gallon kettle and was planning on moving it with about 5.5 gallons in it. Does any do this? Are the handles that weak?

I didn't know it was a requirement to have a stand or a pumping system to use a boilermaker.


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Old 07-08-2011, 10:05 PM   #2
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Mar 2008
Tinley Park, IL
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I lift my 15 gallon boilermakers with 14 gallons in them just fine. That warning is to cover them incase you spill 10 gallons of 212* wort on yourself.

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Old 07-09-2011, 01:34 AM   #3
Aug 2010
Grand Rapids, MI
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I lift my 20 gal with 16-18 gal of wort a few times per brew with no issue, its more of a liability precaution because they are heavy and can be dangerous if full of boiling wort. I just try to keep my moving while lifting to a minimum.

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Old 07-09-2011, 09:42 PM   #4
Sep 2010
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I have a 10 gallon Boilermaker and have been lifting it by the handles, full, for many months. Never had an issue, but every time I do it I always wondered if the sticker was there as a warning against spilling hot liquid on yourself or because the handles couldn't support the weight.

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