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View Poll Results: B3 or Blingmann
Blichmann 15g 23 60.53%
MoreBeer 15g HLT setup 15 39.47%
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:16 PM   #11
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Ooohhh-- I forgot to ask about that! How does the pickup work? Can I replace it with a longer tube and angle it and whatnot? I use those as returns for whirlpooling so the have to be angled just right.
Snap in, snap out. Pretty brain dead simple.


 
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:25 PM   #12
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Snap in, snap out. Pretty brain dead simple.

do you have the Boil Kettle Strainer? I have heard that some people have some serious clogging issues with it.
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:27 PM   #13
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Ed, I was talking about adding length to the pickup and angling it, like this:



Can I replace the dip tube with a custom one? Or is that thing a single piece that has to stay that way?

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:28 PM   #14
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do you have the Boil Kettle Strainer? I have heard that some people have some serious clogging issues with it.
Nope. Don't use it. I use hop bags.

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:30 PM   #15
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You could pretty easily modify the pickup tube so long as you're not using the false bottom. Actually, you could probably modify it with the false bottom as well if you get creative. You might have to cut it, though. Its pretty efficiently close to the bottom and there isn't much clearance there. Works awesome with a march pump and leaves very little in the kettle.

The pickup tube pulls straight out. If you look at the picture, the collar around the port secures it in place. You loosen a bolt on the collar and just pull it free. It goes about 2-3" into the valve assembly and there's about an inch more metal on port-side of the pickup tube bend, if it helps you visualize. Real easy and works well. I've even stopped tightening the collar.

I've got the boil screen as well. I never really had a problem except when using fistfull after fistfull of pellet hops. I went back to using hop bags and have no problems with whole hops either. The boil screen also comes apart without tools and a garden hose spray nozzle makes short work of cleaning out the screen.

 
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:40 PM   #16
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I like the Blichmann, but the MoreBeer setup is functionally the same. I know the MoreBeer is significanly cheaper so if cost is an issue, I would go that way. OTOH, if you have the extra money to spend on the Blichmann why not go for a bigger kettle from MoreBeer?
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:57 AM   #17
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They are actually very close in cost. I cannot yet decide, good thing I have some time to mull it over.

 
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:21 AM   #18
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If money were no problem and it was falling out of my pockets I would go for a Blichmann system. Since i'm not rich my common sense prevents me from purchasing any brand posted on this thread. I'll build my own with my Tig, Mig, Plasma, Lathe and Bridgeport mill when the time is ready.
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:25 AM   #19
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If money were no problem and it was falling out of my pockets I would go for a Blichmann system. Since i'm not rich my common sense prevents me from purchasing any brand posted on this thread. I'll build my own with my Tig, Mig, Plasma, Lathe and Bridgeport mill when the time is ready.
Enjoy your purchase which ever brand you pick.
That is what I thought as well... When it comes time for your build it will be worth your time to look up the costs. Factoring in all the things that are on them (all features I want) these kettles will cost me about $20 over cost. Well worth 0 work IMO.


 
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:57 PM   #20
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The one question I have is the MoreBeer kettle is 18" in diameter or 254 sq/in of open boil surface area that would increase your boil off rate vs a 12" diameter of a keggle for 113 sq/in of open boil surface area.
I didn't locate the diameter of the Blichman kettle which looks smaller in diameter but taller for the same 15 gallon size. Just by that open boil surface area alone I would rather have a Blichmann over a MoreBeer unit. I'm thinking what extra volume you must start with to the whole brewing process to get the net volume you want in your corny kegs if your using them. After spillage and any other problems I still like to have both corny's filled to the max when done not 1 and 3/4 filled corny's. Shop around, out of state no sales tax, shipping price differences you may save some money for other brewing items like a March pump. Post what you purchase later. It's a different feeling when you have some extra money and can shop vs tight on the money and can only look and dream.
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