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Old 06-17-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Would I be able to use 1/4 as a brew kettle for 5 gallon batches either partial or all grain



 
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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1/4 what?


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Old 06-17-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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IF you're talking about making a keggle from a 1/4bbl keg, then I wouldn't. For one thing having enough in there for a full batch boil is going to be super tight. The bare minimum kettle size I would advise, for 5 gallon batches, is 8 gallons. Even that can be damned tight.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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Yes it will be on the small side, but people do use kettles this small for 5 gal. batches...fermcap s might be your friend.

 
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:47 PM   #5
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1/4 BBL is 7.75 gallons? I did full boils in a 6.5 gallon pot for months and didn't have a problem.

 
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #6
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Don't see why not. If its the tall variety, I'd be nervous of it tipping over, though ...

 
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:44 PM   #7
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Don't see why not. I'd be nervous of it tipping over, though ...
What??? A short pony (1/4 bbl keg) would be even less prone to tipping over than a 1/2 bbl keg (same diameter, less height)...

While you COULD use it for moderate OG 5 gallon batches, you'll need something larger if you want to have more than an hour boil. Such as needing to reduce for a larger OG batch to get your normal volume (assuming 5.5-6 gallons into primary so that you get 5 gallons out).

Personally, for me to insure I have 6 gallons to go into keg, I put 6.75 gallons into primary. With the normal loss levels, such as to the bottom of the keggle (about .5-1 quart), hoses between things, and the plate chiller, I stop with about 7.5 gallons at the end of the boil. I start my moderate OG batches with about 8.75-9 gallons for 60 minute boils. Even reducing that to end up with 5.5-5.75 gallons into primary, I'd still hit/exceed the capacity of a 1/4 bbl keggle.

BTW, you can [easily] use a 1/2 bbl keggle for ~5 gallon batches. IMO, it's better to have more head space than less. Especially when you're going to the boil. Even using fermcap-s you can be too close to the edge at boil start.

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Sure, edit your post to make it sound more reality based. [j/k]

I wouldn't waste a tall 1/4 bbl keg on a keggle. It's far better as a fermenter.
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I wouldn't waste a tall 1/4 bbl keg on a keggle. It's far better as a fermenter.

And even more better as a....wait for it..............a keg! tall 1/4's are an excellent size for serving IMO

 
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:44 PM   #9
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And even more better as a....wait for it..............a keg! tall 1/4's are an excellent size for serving IMO
Bah!! I'm not set up to serve from sanke kegs, just ball lock kegs. Besides, I'm using 3 gallon kegs (hence my batches produce 6 gallons of finished beer) which I can fit four of into my brew fridge. Maybe, when I've moved, and build up another brew fridge/keezer, I'll have the option of also pulling from sanke kegs. Until then, I'll be very happy to ferment in the tall 1/4 kegs.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:03 AM   #10
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My favorite fermenter is a 7.75 gallon keg. I use it constantly for 7.5 gallon batches of apple wine!


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