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Old 07-25-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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New to brewing, starting to assemble my kit. should I start of with the Blichmann burner? I have heard lots of good things. Dont want to buy crap that I have to replace after a couple months.

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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No need IMO. I used the same cheap turkey fryer with no issues for a few years. Only replaced it when my keggle didn't fit on it. I've heard great things about the blichmann burner. But to get things started, you can find a much cheaper alternative that you won't have to replace any time soon.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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That or the KAB4 burner if you don't want to spend the extra for stainless or blingman name.

^ Point well made, just get something that fits a keggle, but I would prefer the hurricane style burner.

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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If you have plenty of $$ and want to skip any upgrading, go for it. I cannot afford one so my SP10 is loud but plenty adequate. The HLT is on my first burner which is a turkey fryer. Total investment in burners $90

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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Id say it depends on how deep your pockets are. No doubt that Blichmann make the best stuff but you pay for it. I've use a banjo burner myself for about 3 years and barring dropping it off my roof or running over it with my car I don't see any reason why it won't last 10 more years. Im able to get 7.5G to a rolling boil when its 20* outside easily.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:44 PM   #6
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It's not necessary, but it is a nice thing to have. I have one and love it. It is very quiet and looks good too. I got the leg extensions and it is very sturdy with them attached. I do 10 gallon batches with it, and I feel like it could easily handle bigger batches than that. When I started out I had a cheap burner that sounded like a jet engine, which wasn't fun to listen to for over an hour. There are cheaper options (without the stainless construction) that perform just as good as the Blichmann, but I'd definitely recommend getting a quiet burner no matter what route you go.

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:44 PM   #7
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Have both a KAB4 and a Blichmann....both heat well. Besides the obvious stainless advantage, the Blichmann performs much better in windy conditions. It does seem to heat a bit faster though not enough to justify the price difference. I've not done a controlled test to verify this as I don't have two identical pots.....but I'm convinced.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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The Blichmann burner isn't going to make your beer any better but it might make your brew day shorter or easier. If you want to brew good beer focus on temperature control during fermentation and your yeast health/numbers.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:05 PM   #9
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The Blichmann burner isn't going to make your beer any better but it might make your brew day shorter or easier. If you want to brew good beer focus on temperature control during fermentation and your yeast health/numbers.
+1 to this. If you got extra $ to blow a used chest freezer and a temperature controller will greatly improve your beer. As will a stir plate and flask to make yeast starters.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:34 AM   #10
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+2 on this. I have a Blich burner and love it, but it is a lower priority compared to good oxygenating, pitching, and fermenting control.
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