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sizing boiler for brewery


I am getting very different answers to the question of what size boiler I

need for my brewery. Basically, I need a steam boiler that will bring

250 gallons of water from 140 degrees F to a rolling boil within 45

minutes or so, and keep it there for up to 2.5 hrs. We are less than 100

feet above sea level, and the run from the boiler to the kettle is less

than 25 feet including vertical rise (maybe 8' of vertical rise). This

will be a low pressure boiler as the jackets on the kettle can't exceed

14.7psi. We have a 300,000btu 7hp propane boiler lined up but want to

make sure it is right before hooking it up. Does this sound good? My

plumber asks how many lbs of steam/hour and I don't have an answer. I'm

hoping someone here can help. It is for a good cause: BEER!

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  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,422
    beer boiler

    a few thoughts:

    why not go to the boiler mfg's website, and check on the water volume of that 300k boiler. there should also be a way of calculating how quickly it can boil that quantity of water. pumping boiling water has some challenges as well. if you could post the pipe layout, and other details, that would help too.--nbc
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