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anybody heard of these kettles
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    it looks like the brand is Ballington?

    pretty decent price, 15 gallon for 170, but unsure about the quality
    http://spikebrewing.com/product_info.php?products_id=55&osCsid=9ffd2e6563551f9cc8fe24947bec51ac
  • ThymThym
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    Looks nice to me. The specs sound right for a good kettle that will last. 1mm thickness isn't heavy duty, but treat it with some respect and it should last.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
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    Looks like nice kettles for a decent price. And with the bulkheads already welded....
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    i bought the kettle with the thermometer and ball valve. hopefully it doesn't suck. next purchase will be a therminator, but not till mid april.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    so much cheaper making wine!
  • C_BC_B
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    Lemme know if they're any good. I might be in the market...
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  • LothosLothos
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    Therminator™ Stainless Wort Chiller
    Chill 10 gal in 5 min!!
    $199 suggested retail

    AWSOME UNIT I HAVE ONE
    BEST INVESTMENT I MADE FOR MY SYSTEM
    Ain't that a Bitch
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    hey lothos, do you use the pump with your therminator? i wasn't planning on buying the pump right away and it says it doesn't have to have one.
  • LothosLothos
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    hey lothos, do you use the pump with your therminator? i wasn't planning on buying the pump right away and it says it doesn't have to have one.



    yes i do use the pump with mine like it says 10 gal in 5 min to 74 deg just using the garden hose to cool it (I'm on a well) for water
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  • ThymThym
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    do you use it in a single pass configuration or do you recirculate your wort through it?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • LothosLothos
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    Lakewood said:

    do you use it in a single pass configuration or do you recirculate your wort through it?



    Single pass is all i need to reach 74 deg
    if i slow the pump down i can get 62 deg
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  • ThymThym
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    Lothos said:

    Lakewood said:

    do you use it in a single pass configuration or do you recirculate your wort through it?



    Single pass is all i need to reach 74 deg
    if i slow the pump down i can get 62 deg


    I actually recirculate to cool the bulk temperature of the cooling wort down faster than going single pass. It improves the effectiveness of the late hop additions. But then again, I don't think i could take 10 gallons single pass to 74 degrees with my tap water in 5 minutes. My tap water usually comes out of the hose at around 70 degrees.

    But I can get the entire batch to around 120 degrees in 5 minutes or less, and that halts the isomerization and maintains the flavor.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny