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Old 07-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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Found this old thing laying around the house, it's a SS milk tank marked De Laval. I measured it out to about 5.5 gallons. I tried boiling a gallon in it and it started wobbling around a bit due to the slightly convex bottom.

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Thanks! It looks great, hope I can use it!

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Old 07-24-2011, 08:44 PM   #2
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I don't see why not except it's a bit small eh?

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Old 07-24-2011, 08:58 PM   #3
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Haven't used a vessel like that, but it looks like it can hold wort. Short of the volume constraints, you should be able to boil wort in there...

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Old 07-24-2011, 09:32 PM   #4
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Found this old thing laying around the house, it's a SS milk tank marked De Laval. I measured it out to about 5.5 gallons. I tried boiling a gallon in it and it started wobbling around a bit due to the slightly convex bottom.

http://bcnudg.com/IMG_0401.JPG

Thanks! It looks great, hope I can use it!
If the bottom is convex, then very little of it will be in contact with the cook top. That thing would probably work fine on a gas burner, but it'll take forever to heat up on that ceramic top in the pic.
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It is a little small for a boil kettle, at least if you are contemplating five gallon batches, for a 3 gallon batch you are probably good. And with a convex bottom you will want to heat it with gas. It would make a great fermenter, if you can find or make a lid for it. Give it some thought. A 5.5 gallon stainless steel vessel is too useful not to have some role in a brewery

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Old 07-24-2011, 11:40 PM   #6
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I wouldn't use it because of the way it's tapered at the top. That just says boil over volcano.

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Haha, thanks for the replys. Yes, it's the biggest thing in the kitchen now, so I'll give it a go. Looking forward to a few small batches. Lol @ boil over volcano, hopefully not, but I see what you mean!

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Found this old thing laying around the house, it's a SS milk tank marked De Laval. I measured it out to about 5.5 gallons. I tried boiling a gallon in it and it started wobbling around a bit due to the slightly convex bottom.

http://bcnudg.com/IMG_0401.JPG

Thanks! It looks great, hope I can use it!
It is probably worth more as an antique. I'd sell it and buy a nice turkey fryer. And definitely, that tapered neck looks like it would be trouble. When a boil over starts, it gathers steam, and that taper is going to have a venturi effect.
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