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6 gallon batches in 20g boil kettle

 
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jeremy2027



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PostLink    Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:06 pm    Post subject: 6 gallon batches in 20g boil kettle Reply with quote


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I am looking to upgrade my keggle to a 20g boil kettle. I brew 6 gallon and 12 gallon batches (8 and 14g preboil) so my question is would a 20g kettle be over kill on a 6g batch? Yes, I do know that more beer is better but I like variety. When I do 12g batches its either a beer that goes fast or when brewing for a friend as well.

Im really tired of the boil over potential when doing 12g batches in my keggle.
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While it would depend on the exact kettle dimensions, if you use these you can boil 6 gallons just fine as the heating element is still covered:

https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/pages/blichmann-boilermaker-20-gallon-kettle

Making sure the element is still covered is really the only concern in the boil kettle.

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Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on a lot of factors but I brew 5.5 gallon batches from time to time in my 23 gallon kettle.
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PostLink    Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info I think I will go with the 20g.
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