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Old 03-23-2012, 05:36 AM   #1
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Looking to make a herms electric setup from 55 gal drum? Previously used to hold motor oil, can it be cleaned enough to be used for that?

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:41 AM   #2
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Yeah that was a miss type to a send on the iPhone..... So does Anyone know if a used oil drum can be cleaned enough to use for a HLT, mash, and boil kettle? I have access to many but worry about the consumption of oil left behind.

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Old 03-23-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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Is this a Stainless Steel drum? You shouldn't be using regular steel to brew in. If it's stainless then it should be able to be cleaned.

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Old 03-24-2012, 01:42 AM   #4
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Thanks! they aren't stainless, good to know about the regular steel.

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Old 03-24-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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There are some threads on here with detailed pictures of regular steel barrels used for brewing. I'm not sure of the chemistry, some folks said the solubility of iron may not pose problem, but the pictures were scarier than snot.

Whatever material you go with make sure you get a bottom with a welded seam or one that's been formed. The cheap ones have rolled seams and they can leak after a few sessions, especially with the drastic temperature changes in brewing. My neighbor has 3 and 2 of them make a nasty pool on the ground but he's to cheap to replace 'em.

55gal for $169
http://www.usedstainlesssteelbarrels.com/

RBI equipment on ebay (45gal for $168)
http://stores.ebay.com/RBI-ESS/_i.html?_nkw=drum

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