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Conroe wrote:I'd recommend 60 qt pot. Morebeer has a nice SS one on clearance.
Conroe wrote:You can always make your own IC to fit.
abike2many wrote:Also - the height of the IC doesn't matter much if you do the jamil style recirculating chilling.
As for kettle size, if I were starting again I wouldn't have purchased an 8g pot, I would have gone straight to 15gallons for 10g batches. The brewpot is the most expensive piece of gear (starting out).
kzimmer0817 wrote:I haven't yet brewed a batch yet, so it's with an attitude of "I want to learn" that I'm questioning your first statement.
Since the IC is a heat exchanger, I would assume that the only part of the IC that works is what is submerged in wort. Any coils outside the wort do nothing. Several ICs I've seen (including B3's) are appr 8" high with all but 1 or 2 turns of the coil concentrated in the upper portion (close to upper half) of that 8" of height. There are some (Williams Brewer and How-To-Brew) whose coils are all together and aren't raised up.
Unless my calculations are incorrect, 5 gallons of wort would only come up to just above 4" in a 15 gallon kettle.
So, please show me where I'm wrong when I say that none of the ICs from B3 would work to cool 5 g of wort in a 15 g kettle It would work fine in the 8 g kettle since 5 g would be appr 7.5" deep in an 8 g kettle.
Not trying to beat a dead horse with this, but how do those of you who make 5 g batches in 15 g kettles cool your wort?I know it's tempting to tell newbies who turn around and question your advice to "just go get what you want and don't ask us." It's just there's something here that doesn't look right to me, and I'm trying to figure it out.
Regarding Jamil's whirlpool recirculator: I had already studied that site a couple days ago (I've become somewhat consumed with researching all this stuff lately), but your mention of it today made me wonder if the idea was that Jamil's device would run wort up against the unsubmerged coils thereby getting some use from the coils. Later, I read that the recirculator tip is to be submerged as well since its function is to gently stir the wort to keep pushing "new" wort against the coils.
Thanks, again, for your help. I went to my LHBS today to pick up the Beginner's Kit (part of what I'll be ordering), and he was closed.
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