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Title: New Brew Kettle
Post by: dano14041 on February 24, 2011, 03:40:12 AM
Finally got tired of trying to boil 7 gal of wort in a 7.5 gal BK, so I picked this up at the LHBS tonight:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5218/5472380285_3af7e33240.jpg)

15.5 gal should keep the wort in the kettle and off the ground.
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: oscarvan on February 24, 2011, 04:05:25 AM
Yeah, although I had a boil over today with 6 gallons in a 15G keggle..... :o (needless to say I wasn't paying attention...)
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: dano14041 on February 24, 2011, 04:12:18 AM
Yeah, although I had a boil over today with 6 gallons in a 15G keggle..... :o (needless to say I wasn't paying attention...)

So even with the 15.5 gal, it isn't "set it and forget it"?  ;)
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: euge on February 24, 2011, 06:09:52 AM
Yeah, although I had a boil over today with 6 gallons in a 15G keggle..... :o (needless to say I wasn't paying attention...)

So even with the 15.5 gal, it isn't "set it and forget it"?  ;)

Depends. If you're doing a 5 gallon batch less risk, but getting 10 gallons into the fermenter out of a 15.5 BK- no. Not enough room for the foam to collapse back upon itself. Though with anti-foam, as the foam begins to rise- hit it with a few drops and bam! No more foam and you can walk away. Then there's how vigorous the boil is. Still might splatter a bit. I went for a 20 and have to watch it like a hawk if I put 15 gallons into it. I had it nearly to the brim with 18 on more than one occasion. Woohoo. Keep a few towels handy...

Have fun that is one gorgeous kettle.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5218/5472380285_3af7e33240.jpg)
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: dano14041 on February 24, 2011, 03:45:25 PM
Thanks Euge!
I may occasionally do a 10 gal batch, but don't really plan on it. I was just tired of having to sit right next to the pot during a boil on boil over duty. On a 60 min boil I usually have just over 7 gals of wort and for a 90 min boil I have almost 7.5 gals; it just got too frustrating for me. Hopefully this will let me do a bit of cleaning while boiling the wort.

Plus it's shiny!  ;D
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: theDarkSide on February 24, 2011, 04:34:32 PM
I've always wondered how those kettles are.  Is the SS pretty solid? 

I too was doing 7 gallons in a 7.5 gallon kettle, but ungraded to a 10 gallon Megapot.  Even now it's still pretty close to the top ( boiling 8-9 gallons of wort to end up with 6 ), but a few drops of Fermcap-S puts my mind at ease a bit.
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: oscarvan on February 24, 2011, 06:18:38 PM
Hey, Euge is this the stuff you're talking about?

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/ANTIFOAM-P2235.aspx

It says a few drops in and Erlenmeier...... how's that translate to a keggle?
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: euge on February 24, 2011, 06:48:00 PM
Hey, Euge is this the stuff you're talking about?

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/ANTIFOAM-P2235.aspx

It says a few drops in and Erlenmeier...... how's that translate to a keggle?

Shouldn't make a difference. I'm pretty sure it's the same as this:
(http://www.northernbrewer.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/265x/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/9/1/9152.jpg)

It also works very well for the boil.

I use this: Five Star Defoamer 105 (similar to Fermcap-S) (http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_21_187_399&products_id=10388&osCsid=4712346caeed0a6c7fea783c316fcfcb)
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: ramfan on February 24, 2011, 06:48:50 PM
I recently got the 6 gallon version of that kettle that I was planning to use as a fermenter but it leaked like a sieve at the handle rivets  :(.  I thought it looked and felt like a good kettle, but I was quite disappointed with it.
Title: Re: New Brew Kettle
Post by: jeffy on February 24, 2011, 06:51:21 PM
Hey, Euge is this the stuff you're talking about?

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/ANTIFOAM-P2235.aspx

It says a few drops in and Erlenmeier...... how's that translate to a keggle?

It's most likely the same as this
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/fermcap-s-1-oz.html
Except I have a 16 ounce bottle of it, a lifetime supply.
I use it in the boil - three or four drops stops the boil-over.
<looks like euge beat me to it>