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Old 10-16-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default 40 gallon kettle biab

New to this whole brewing gig. My buddy and I do strictly biab at the moment. He went out and got the blichmann 60 quart. I found a steel on a 40 gallon stainless kettle. I think his blichmann is 15.5" across. Mine is only 19. Im never going to be doing anything smaller than 5 gallon finish sizes. Some traditionalist that I talk to are saying my surface area is to large to do 5 gallon batches. But with only 3.5" different than the popular blichmann I find this hard to believe. Is there anything I should be concerned about? I've got better things to spend my money on with this new hobby than a smaller kettle !

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Old 10-16-2011, 01:55 AM   #2
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You will just have a larger boil off rate. You will just need more pre-boil volume to end at your target amount. A couple test runs of just water will help you understand how much you boil off an hour.


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Its not terrible, but i get an armpit armoma and flavor.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:22 AM   #3
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Yes! That's what I told him. Setting up my pot in beersmith and going to do a boil off rate next week once my sight glass is installed and my banjo is running. He said that produces off tastes.. thanks for confirming!
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Some beliefs are outdated. Make a batch with your new kettle, pitch enough healthy yeast, control your temps and prove him wrong!
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:28 AM   #5
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Wait - "new to the whole brewing gig" and you're buying a 40 gallon pot - to do BiaB?

That can't be right...

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greater surface area of the pot bottom also increases heat transfer. It could be academic but you might see faster boil times (and great enery efficiency : )
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That 3.5" diameter difference is 50% more surface area. You will see a difference in boil off rate.
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I'm just interested in how much and where you got that 40gal kettle from.
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thanks guys.. it was actually a stainless tank of something back in it's "day". still a flat bottom. I got it from a guy who was in a brew club that no longer brews. they bought like a dozen of them and built them for the members. but it's heavy walled compared to traditional pots. 19" by just over 30" tall, so actually 39 gallons and change. had a ball valve welded in right at the bottom all ready. very low compared to traditional. just a little tip of the pot and I got everything out buy maybe a cups worth with no dip tubes or anything. came with a lid as well... $80 bucks on craigslist... my buddy had close to $600 with his blichmann with a false bottom added. so when I came across this I jumped on it. just added one of bobby M's sight glasses. I'm in the process of making a rolling platform with a banjo burner with a upper bar/roller/winch system to pull the grain bag. my first batch was a 10 gallon batch of chocolate stout that had 32lbs of grain. took us both to get the bag out since the pot was up to our chests.


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