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Thread: Steam vs. Direct Fired Kettle

  1. #1
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    Steam vs. Direct Fired Kettle

    Hello,

    Can someone describe to me the pro's/cons of a direct fired kettle vs. steam heated? Which is more expensive? Which is easier to maintain? Which is better for the beer?

    Thanks!

    ~Morgan

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    Fire V. Steam

    I'm sure you will eventually get a lot of opinions on this. I have used both, and mine is direct fire is cheaper, but can be harder on the wort, depending on your kettle design. Steam usually provides a much more even heat, but boilers can be a pain, and usually have to be licensed by your local authorities. Direct fire works well for smaller applications (~10 Barrels). I would look at steam closer for anything larger.

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    I agree, boilers can be a pain, but so can the burners on a direct fire. Steam kettles are easier to clean because you dont get theat charred black film on the bottom. I have also worked witha couple direct fire kettles that had been dry fired by a previous brewer, it's really hard to get all of the trub out of the bottom of a warped kettle.

    just my $0.02

  4. #4
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    direct fired kettle

    Quote Originally Posted by pbutlert
    I'm sure you will eventually get a lot of opinions on this. I have used both, and mine is direct fire is cheaper, but can be harder on the wort, depending on your kettle design. Steam usually provides a much more even heat, but boilers can be a pain, and usually have to be licensed by your local authorities. Direct fire works well for smaller applications (~10 Barrels). I would look at steam closer for anything larger.
    What does a direct fired kettle need to be? Could you just directly fire the bottom of something like this? http://www.dairyeng.com/tankdetail.a...yNumber=PT-839 OR something as un-wieldly as this squarish tank? http://www.dairyeng.com/tankdetail.a...yNumber=T-1169

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