The recently announced G2 Kettle is available in 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 55 gallon sizes. The BoilerMaker G2 is designed and manufactured in the US. It includes a Sight Glass w/Laser Etched Volume Markers, Adjustable Angle BrewMometer Thermometer, Linear Flow Valve and tool-less dip tube. The G2 also features a 1.2 height to diameter ratio.
I had a chance to unbox my new Blichmann G2 BoilerMaker kettle last night. Here are some photos along with my initial impressions.
Here’s the box
In case at any point you thought to yourself “I should probably drop this box”, there is a handy sticker that reminds you not to.
A look at the kettle straight out of the box. The new “Linear Flow Valve” comes installed, the Brewmometer Thermometer is not installed upon delivery.
Here is the Blichmann Engineering name plate and BoilerMaker G2 name plate. They’ve really stepped it up a notch here vs the G1 as the G1 just has a sticker. This has no functional importance, but it does look cool.
Just above the Linear Flow Valve, there is a small plate that reads… “Made in the USA”
Here’s a look at the sight gauge
This picture shows the laser etching for the sight glass
The included Allen wrench allows you remove the top portion of the sight gauge for cleaning
A brush is included to clean the sight gauge.
A look inside the kettle. The included dip tube is on the left hand side.
A close up of the installed dip tube.
The dip tube is a tool-less design, meaning, no tools are required to install or remove it. From what I can gather, it’s the same as the G1. Works great and it’s easy to use.
When a first unboxed the G2, I went directly to the Linear Flow Valve. After turning it a bit, I thought, yeah… it’s pretty cool. After figuring it out, I can tell you that it is… revolutionary. Keep reading.
The Linear Valve’s Cool Touch Handle
The side of the Linear Valve, emblazoned with a Blichmann Logo B. Note that the Linear Valve can be configured at any angle.
This is the revolutionary part. That’s light you see through the Linear Valve’s body. After a while, I started looking through the manual to see how the Linear Valve comes apart. What would I need to do to clean this? What tools are required? The valve simply unscrews and the entire inner workings pop out. No tools. When the thing just came off, it was a near jaw dropping moment for me. I’ve got my fair share of 3 piece ball valves that can be taken apart for thorough cleaning. How often do I take those apart for thorough cleaning? I wouldn’t use the word… often. The Linear Valve comes apart so easily that it will be cleaned every time I use the kettle.
The inside of the linear valve. There isn’t much to it. Easy to clean and sanitize.
Side view of the inside of the Linear Valve
The valve body
New handle design
New lid handle design
The lid handle is designed to fit in the kettle handle.
G1 and G2 10 Gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettles Side by Side
The G2 with Bremometer installed
The G2 line is available at a number of retailers including Great Fermentations, More Beer, Midwest Supplies and Adventures in Homebrewing
Shopping Tip: Blichmann gear is price controlled. You’re not going to see a lot of difference from retailer to retailer, other than shipping fees and taxes. For this particular purchase, I went with Adventures in Homebrewing because they are currently offering free shipping and I received the equivalent of 5% back via their rewards program. That offer also applies to the TopTier Stand (and any options you include on the TopTier page) and the Tower of Power – Check it out – Here
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