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15 gallon or 20 gallon BK?
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410
    I was surfing around ebay and discovered that a 20 gal BK isn't really that much more expensive than a 15 gal. So should I get the 20 just in case I ever need that capacity? Or is 15 sufficient.

    here is the 20 gal

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Gallon-Pro-Quality-Stainless-Steel-Brew-Kettle-Home-Brewing-/110888543759?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d178e60f
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,886
    Honestly, I think 15 gallon kettles are popular because they can be made from a standard keg. Otherwise, I'd say larger is better, within reason. The only real trade off on kettle size is bigger kettles have more sirface area, more surface area means more boil off.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    Your ultimate batch size will be limited by all your vessels too right? Bigger boil kettle means bigger MLT and maybe HLT. I make 5g batches in a 15.5g kettle, so what do I know.
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410
    Benvarine said:

    Your ultimate batch size will be limited by all your vessels too right? Bigger boil kettle means bigger MLT and maybe HLT. I make 5g batches in a 15.5g kettle, so what do I know.



    your absolutely right. I'm trying to think of future brewing too. Right now I would make 10 gal/15 gal batches and split among three fermenters.
  • jlwjlw
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    still along way from being able to brew 1 barrel
  • jlwjlw
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    with a 20 gal BK I could do 15 gallon batches?
  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    I think so, just be careful as always. Ferm cap helps, even in my setup.
  • jlwjlw
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    I think I would need a bigger MT and better burner eventually
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,886
    I've done 12 gal in my keggle. You could do a ful 15 in a 20. As ben said gotta watch boil over. I've never used ferm cap, but other have with success.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,886
    jlw said:

    I think I would need a bigger MT and better burner eventually



    One step at a time and you'll get there.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jlwjlw
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    Lakewood said:

    jlw said:

    I think I would need a bigger MT and better burner eventually



    One step at a time and you'll get there.

    yeah...that's kind of the plan
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
    Posts: 44,679
    always go bigger. always.
  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 76,323

    always go bigger. always.



    This. You'll need a new burner though? You could still do a 10 gallon batch of something big then make a low abv 15 gallon batch with the same MLT.
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  • jlwjlw
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    I think my burner would do fine in a 10 gal batch. To do 5 I only have turned in about 1/2. Then one day I could upgrade.
  • C_BC_B
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    jlw said:

    I think my burner would do fine in a 10 gal batch. To do 5 I only have turned in about 1/2. Then one day I could upgrade.



    What kind of burner?
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  • jlwjlw
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    I don't know. Some turkey fryer I got years ago. It works like a champ though.
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,886
    jlw said:

    Lakewood said:

    jlw said:

    I think I would need a bigger MT and better burner eventually



    One step at a time and you'll get there.

    yeah...that's kind of the plan

    If you know what you want in the end, then you are less likely to buy something that will have to get replaced along the way.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jlwjlw
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    When it comes to this kind if stuff inwouldnrather spend a little more now and not have to replace in 5 or 10 years. Or less.
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 99,886
    jlw said:

    When it comes to this kind if stuff inwouldnrather spend a little more now and not have to replace in 5 or 10 years. Or less.



    Same here. So if you want to plan on doing 15 gallon batches in the future then the 20 gal bk is definitely the way to go.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny