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Old 12-10-2007, 03:37 PM   #1
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I know it's been asked before, but I want to ask again. I am getting a bunch of brewing equipment for christmas, including a barley crusher and a 15 gallon pot. I want to get a burner too, but am unsure whether the Bayou Classic KAB5 (banjo) is really better than the SQ14. KAB5 appears to have a bigger surface, so that's cool. How much better is the KAB5? Will it heat wort twice as fast? If it takes around the same amount of time, I don't know if it's worth it. Let me know what you think? For the cost of the KAB5, I could get a SQ14 burner and a weldless spigot for my kettle, but I don't want to be unhappy with the SQ14.


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Old 12-10-2007, 03:39 PM   #2
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I really like my SQ14 so far. Its 16"x16" and it fits my keggle on top of it. The only thing I did was upgrade the regulator so it can boil double batches. Its on the left in this pic...



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What size batches are you doing? I have I believe the KAB4 (which is supposed to be better than the KAB5) and the SQ14, and I prefer the SQ14. Plenty of oomph (usually brings 8 gallons of wort to boil, from mash temps, in less than twenty minutes), but relatively easy to control the heat. It also burns a LOT cleaner than my Banjo. Some of the issues I have with the KAB4 may have been resolved, though.

I don't know if they made the KAB5 bigger, but the SQ14 is a bit larger and fits the keggle better.

In any case, I can highly recommend the SQ14.
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The main thing to look at is the PSI on the regulator and the overall BTU output. If you upgrade the SQ14 with a 20 psi regulator (25 bucks) it is great for boiling up to 15 gallons at a time. Without the upgrade to the 20 psi regulator it does a great job of 5 to 7 gallon batches, which if you don't plan on doing 10+ gallons might be right for your application.
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:54 PM   #5
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Awesome! I am doing 5 gallon batches right now but once I move out of the apartment I'm in (which should be only a few months away) I want to ramp up to 10 gallon batches. I guess I could get the SQ14 now with some other parts, and when I get to doing 10 gallon batches see if the burner isn't doing it for me.
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The main thing to look at is the PSI on the regulator and the overall BTU output. If you upgrade the SQ14 with a 20 psi regulator (25 bucks) it is great for boiling up to 15 gallons at a time. Without the upgrade to the 20 psi regulator it does a great job of 5 to 7 gallon batches, which if you don't plan on doing 10+ gallons might be right for your application.
The 15psi regulator will work for double batches. I agree the 10psi is not strong enough...
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The 15psi regulator will work for double batches. I agree the 10psi is not strong enough...
See, I don't know about that.... I'd only be going from 8 gallons to 12 if I did double-batches, and it really seems like I wouldn't have any trouble getting to boil (certainly none maintaining it). The SQ14 seems to throw off just as many effective BTUs (if such a term exists) as the KAB4, I'm convinced because it burns so much more cleanly.
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See, I don't know about that.... I'd only be going from 8 gallons to 12 if I did double-batches, and it really seems like I wouldn't have any trouble getting to boil (certainly none maintaining it). The SQ14 seems to throw off just as many effective BTUs (if such a term exists) as the KAB4, I'm convinced because it burns so much more cleanly.
You could be right, but I like more power ala Tim Taylor
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You could be right, but I like more power ala Tim Taylor
That's precisely why I like my 210k Banjo.
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I'd also add that you should pay close attention to the air intake control. You can get it to burn like crap if you adjust it wrong ;-)

Hey Ben, from that pic angle my redneck brewstand actually looks like something, uh, not so Sanford and Son.


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