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Old 09-05-2009, 12:39 AM   #1
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Bayou Classic 32 Quart Tamale Pot

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on an all grain setup and I was wondering about using the aluminum "Bayou Classic" from the OutdoorCooking equipment site.

A fella could install a bulkhead fitting and ball valve below the "steamer" plate. Fit a piece of stainless screen or other mesh over the plate and use as a stovetop mash/lauter tun. If you watched your flow closely would you be able to avoid stuck mashes? Or is that just too much volume below the false bottom?

I originally posted this in the "Sticky" Aluminum thread but had generated no responses. I've been doing partial mash/boils for a year and am looking to upgrade to all grain soon. Being able to brew in my kitchen is important and was the major reason for the idea of converting a pot to a mash/lauter tun. If a manifold system is better that's the way I'll go. Is the bayou classic at all do-able?

Thanks, Davey O'

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Old 09-05-2009, 03:16 AM   #2
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It's certainly doable, but it won't be nearly as easy as you describe. I would go with a cooler conversion before I tried to make that kettle work. There's a little more involved than first meets the eye. Direct firing a mash tun doesn't work all that well either unless you recirc either manually or with a pump.

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Plus it is too small for all that work. Like Cat says, you are much better off for less effort with a 10G cooler.

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