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Old 01-23-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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Hello,

I'm about to pull the trigger on a new brew-pot. I was originally planning on going with a 10 gallon setup but decided that it's worth the additional money for 15. That being said, Spike Brewing's kettles seem to be the best price. The only problem is I read on a post on HBT that the 15 gallon kettles were actually coming in at 13.5 gallons, Ben confirmed this.

I sent an email to Ben about this yesterday but haven't heard back yet. Can anyone chime in who has purchased the 15 gallon variety? Have you liked it? Any issues with the welds? I read someone had a leaky weld that was promptly swapped out by Ben.


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Old 01-23-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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a keggle has a 15.5 gallon capacity and is cheaper than most kettles sold out there. i paid $50 for one of my kegs, cut the top out and added valves myself.



 
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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I should have mentioned, it need to fit on a stovetop. The Spike 15 gallon kettle will fit just fine.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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Most stovetops can't reasonably boil much more than 6-7 gallons, and even the ones that can can take over an hour.

You may need to switch to outdoor propane burners if you are planning on making 10 gallon batches in your 15 gallon kettle.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:37 PM   #5
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Most stovetops can't reasonably boil much more than 6-7 gallons, and even the ones that can can take over an hour.

You may need to switch to outdoor propane burners if you are planning on making 10 gallon batches in your 15 gallon kettle.
unless you have a viking or wolf stove. i can easily boil 10 gallons on my stove. if you have an electric stove it might be a problem.

 
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:37 PM   #6
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I am curious myself to hear some user reviews of those kettles. They seem like a good price and they look cool ... Has anyone used any of his kettles that can chime in with a quick review??

 
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:56 PM   #7
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:32 PM   #8
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Most stovetops can't reasonably boil much more than 6-7 gallons, and even the ones that can can take over an hour.

You may need to switch to outdoor propane burners if you are planning on making 10 gallon batches in your 15 gallon kettle.
Well I plan on moving in about a year or so and will be using an outdoor propane burner then, so I might as well plan in advance. Also, my gas range is 5 burner and this will sit comfortably over 3 of them so I'm thinking it might actually work.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:58 PM   #9
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OK, Ben replied and the kettle supplier has changed so the kettles are a full 15 gallons now.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #10
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OK, Ben replied and the kettle supplier has changed so the kettles are a full 15 gallons now.
They are actually larger than 15gal

I wish some past customers would throw their reviews up! :hint hint:


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