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Old 11-19-2012, 02:22 AM   #11
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Love the blichmann I have. Yea it's a little pricier but the thing is super efficient and quite. Plus the all stainless construction is a +
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:44 PM   #12
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Here it is. It's no more than 6". Thank everyone for the responses so far. I did consider starting the boil as I collected the wort. Although that thought occurred after I collected 13 gallons of wort.


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Old 11-19-2012, 04:32 PM   #13
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The Blichmann burner will kick that small one's ass all over the playground. Plus, the sucker is QUIET...
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:17 PM   #14
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The Blichmann burner will kick that small one's ass all over the playground. Plus, the sucker is QUIET...
Same goes for the KAB4 by Bayou Classic, and it's cheaper. I just finished a 2 batch brew day in 4.75 hours... including clean up . I have 2 KAB4 burners.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:18 PM   #15
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Same goes for the KAB4 by Bayou Classic, and it's cheaper. I just finished a 2 batch brew day in 4.75 hours... including clean up . I have 2 KAB4 burners.
Actually, I had a KAB4 burner before... The Blichmann burner beats it hands down. Plus, you can use keggles on the Blichmann without worrying about getting it on there exactly right. There was very little room for error on the KAB4 frame. Unlike the Blichmann where it could handle even larger kettles without issue (fully supports keggles too).
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:14 PM   #16
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Actually, I had a KAB4 burner before... The Blichmann burner beats it hands down. Plus, you can use keggles on the Blichmann without worrying about getting it on there exactly right. There was very little room for error on the KAB4 frame. Unlike the Blichmann where it could handle even larger kettles without issue (fully supports keggles too).
To be honest, I currently use just the 10" burners in my single-tier brew stand. That said, I've been told the burners are exactly the same. The difference is in everything that surrounds the burner, like wind screens and such. Either way, when I used the KAB4 burner out of the box, I was able to bring 5 gallons of 68F water to 175F in less than 25 minutes... did it numerous times. The KAB6 will fit a keggle... I use 15 gallon flat-bottom SS kettles, so it was never an issue. Cheers!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #17
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You can buy the KAB4 burner separately from the stand since you already have a stand that you could retrofit the new bigger burner to. It looks like you have the stainless version of the SQ14, so you have a really nice stand to work with. I like the design of that stand better than the KAB4/6 stand as it has more pot supports built into it. I'd look at building yourself a heatshield that would help direct all of the heat up and onto the pot, if you wanted to save some money. Though since you don't care about the price, I would buy a standalone KAB4/6 style burner ( http://bayouclassicdepot.com/bg14_cast_iron_burner.htm ) and mount it to your current stand and build a heatshield to direct all 100k+ BTUs into your pot.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:26 PM   #18
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You can buy the KAB4 burner separately from the stand since you already have a stand that you could retrofit the new bigger burner to. It looks like you have the stainless version of the SQ14, so you have a really nice stand to work with. I like the design of that stand better than the KAB4/6 stand as it has more pot supports built into it. I'd look at building yourself a heatshield that would help direct all of the heat up and onto the pot, if you wanted to save some money. Though since you don't care about the price, I would buy a standalone KAB4/6 style burner ( http://bayouclassicdepot.com/bg14_cast_iron_burner.htm ) and mount it to your current stand and build a heatshield to direct all 100k+ BTUs into your pot.
I agree with this, fully. Here's the link to Amazon... only $46 shipped.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:34 PM   #19
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Buy a new one and keep the old one to beat your wife with.

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:11 AM   #20
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Tell her you need an automated brewstand in order to cut the time down.... Guys are always taking pictures of my brewery to show their wives just to say "see I'm not that bad".... Even the ones that don't brew...
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