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Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« on: March 01, 2016, 11:54:19 PM »
It's here! I don't have time to get it setup right now, but below are some photos along with first impressions.

Purpose built box. Very professional.


Lid should have been protected by an additional piece of cardboard, but nothing happened so moving on.


Nice silicone handle on lid. Need to find somebody local to notch it for my chiller.


Accessories were boxed and the box was loose in the kettle. Would have been better to have it secured, but no damage so no biggie.


I got two of the side pickup tubes and two of their nippless ball valves. Valves do not have locks on the handles which for me is a big plus. I know others like to be safe. The nippless design is so smart and I don't understand why somebody didn't do this before.


Side pickup tube is held in place with some type of friction fitting. I am curious as to how long it will keep a leak free siphon.


I had them custom weld the fittings. The bottom left is the out and above that is the whirlpool. The centered is for my thermometer. The bottom is the same position as their standard two port offering, the  whirlpool is at about the 4-4.5 gallon level, and the thermometer is at the 3 gallon level. I brew 70% 5gal and 30% 10 gal. I wanted the ports to be best suited for the 5 gallon batches.


Lid rests on the handle with ease.


All of the welds appear to be of top quality. This is why I went with Spike! Gorgeous welds at weldless prices.

Closeup of thermo port


Close up of valve ports


Inside of valve ports


So far I am impressed. It will need a through cleaning before adding the fittings. Hope to take care of that later tonight. I'll post more info and photos as it happens. It's heavy with the tri-clad bottom, so it's not a great choice for electric brewers if weight is a concern.

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« Last Edit: March 08, 2016, 04:52:12 PM by Stevie »

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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2016, 01:26:44 AM »
Nice!

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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2016, 01:31:46 AM »
No Blichmann floor burner.

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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2016, 01:37:45 AM »
Looks like a quality kettle. Nice.
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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2016, 02:26:14 AM »
I got a 90* elbow on my pickup and it needs a thorough brushing after every brew. Trub and hop crud gets cooked on like it does around the edge of the boil.
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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2016, 02:37:54 AM »


All set and running a CIP on the pump and tubing. The pickup tubes are a bit of a pain to snap into place. I forgot to take a picture of the inside.

The pickup tubes are 1/2" ID which I think is making a real difference in delivery for the chugger.


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Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2016, 02:52:02 AM »
Inside photo


The dip tube leaves over three quarts behind. I'd prefer it was two quarts, but I'll see if I can live with it as is. Could always have the tubing cut. Wouldn't take much.
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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2016, 04:02:09 AM »
After some experimentation I went with a straight up and down pickup with 2mm of gap. Have to use hop bags but leaves no more than two cups is left behind after the siphon quits.


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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2016, 04:55:46 AM »
Looks great!  Is that a 20 gal. size?  Not sure that I understand  the "nippless valve" thing.  Please explain more.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2016, 05:03:08 AM »
15 gal. Actual volume is about 15.7

The valves are unique because they are MPT/FPT while "normal" valves are FPT/FPT. Normal valves require a male nipple to connect to the kettle.

Dead space is 3.5 quarts as measured by my one quart Pyrex.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2016, 05:05:23 AM by Stevie »

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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2016, 10:44:47 AM »
Nice looking kettle Steve.  I'm going to have to add a whirlpool port to my Blichmann.  Currently I've been running the rerirc back into the top of the kettle by just draping a silicone tube into the wort, but I feel this is going to cause a problem one of the days.  I always picture the tubing flopping out of the kettle and spraying the basement down with wort. 

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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2016, 04:10:20 PM »
Nice looking kettle Steve.  I'm going to have to add a whirlpool port to my Blichmann.  Currently I've been running the rerirc back into the top of the kettle by just draping a silicone tube into the wort, but I feel this is going to cause a problem one of the days.  I always picture the tubing flopping out of the kettle and spraying the basement down with wort.
A one foot length of 1/2" copper tube bent in a U attached to the end of the silicone tube should fix that problem.  You could bend another little angle in the outlet end at 90 degrees to the U to give you a whirlpool.

Edit:  Make that 1-1/2 ft. of copper tube.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 04:05:14 AM by Philbrew »
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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2016, 12:54:59 AM »
Cut down the dip tube to leave 1/2 gallon behind. It was leaving 3.5 quarts (.875 gallons) and I wasn't thrilled with factoring some trivial volume into recipe design. Thought about upping my kettle loss to an even gallon, but that just didn't sit right with me.

Figured since I had two dip tubes, I could sacrifice one. Measured as best as I could and I ended with just shy of 2 quarts dead space.



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Re: Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2016, 02:20:59 AM »
That curve to the triclad base of the kettle is messing you up somewhat I think. I was not exaggerating about my wort recovery.

Copper pickup

I'd like to see a closeup of the pickup and maybe we can reduce that 1/2 gallon to almost nothing.
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Spike V3 Kettle - Unpacking and First Impressions
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2016, 02:34:20 AM »
I'm ok with leaving some behind. I'd rather the majority of the trub and hops stayed behind. My old kettle was half gallon deadspace and I became used to it. Half gallon is also easy to work with as far as a volume.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2016, 02:37:50 AM by Stevie »