20 vs. 50, did you regret the size you chose?

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Re: 20 vs. 50, did you regret the size you chose?

Unread postby Lindh » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:16 pm

Really love my 50l. Can do 28-70l from 1.020-1.080 without doublemash, just use less water. The 3200w gets temperatures about 1-1.5c/min on the bigger batches so the power is needed! Maltpipe is lifted with a manual hoist for 5€ (6usd-ish). Very smooth, very simple. Thought a few times about the bm20 but very seldom has an extra keg of nice beer been a problem... Installed a draining valve so cleaining in place (cip) is very easy. Only lifting is after the cleaning to remove and dry out the pumps. There are many upgraders (20 to 50) but few downgraders... And few people are actually using the smaller malt pipe...
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Re: 20 vs. 50, did you regret the size you chose?

Unread postby Wezzel » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:28 pm

I wouldn't swap my 20. Not only because there's only me drinking and I'd get bored with 50 litres of the same beer but my fridge won't take 2 fermenters.


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Re: 20 vs. 50, did you regret the size you chose?

Unread postby mashy » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:17 am

Have you considered a 10 ?
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Re: 20 vs. 50, did you regret the size you chose?

Unread postby Snakebite1969 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:23 am

Still don't regret my BM 50L. I think it comes down to space and not having a hand brake that restricts you to a 2m x 1m brew cupboard.

I have the ultimate collection of fridges. I'm currently only using 3 of the 7.
1) In the lounge I have a small 3 tap kegerator that holds 3 corny kegs.
2) Next up is the two 450 litre beasts each capable of holding 8 corny kegs, but since I only have 11 corny kegs, one is on standby.
3) Fermentation is in smaller 270 litre fridges which I have 2, but only one 50 litre pressure fermenter, so the other one is also on standby waiting for another Brew Keg.
4) Also got another two 370 litre fridges, one is currently being converted to hold a 160 litre water barrel to cool water to 4 deg cel and so I can cool my wort low enough to produce larger in summer. The other one is spare, never know you might need a fridge for, maybe wort cooler for second 50 litre fermenter!

Also still got my bottle collection of 50 dozen 745 ml bottles in wooden creates in the store room next to the fridges.

I will post some photos once I complete the build.
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Re: 20 vs. 50, did you regret the size you chose?

Unread postby mashy » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:28 am

Noooooo. :shock:

Don't start a how many fridges thread. I have lost count. I brew in one, which has more fridges in it.
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Re: 20 vs. 50, did you regret the size you chose?

Unread postby LMoerkens » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:49 pm

WOW, how many brews do you do per year and who is drinking all that beer when you get everything filled up :roll:
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