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Old 12-31-2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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How much (liquid temp) heat can our plastic buckets take? I'm planning my first all-grain batch (lacking all the nice equipment) and will need to cycle the hot wort through my bottling bucket when I rinse my grain.

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Old 12-31-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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I've had to do that in a pinch, and it was fine. The wort coming out of the sparge was about 168 degrees, and I didn't have a problem at all.

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I do it all the time. Around 20 all grain batches using an ale pale as a holding vessel and still great beer.

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Anyone care to give me a run down of how you do it, as to give me some confidence/ hope? PM me if you want, thanks.

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I mash out/ batch sparge directly into an old ale pale to get around 6 gallons of wort. Then I use a spigot on the bottom of the bucket to transfer the wort to the kettle. Boil as usual.

I'm not sure what the buckets are rated to, but they have not let me down w/ 20 plus brews with my cheap and easy method. I wish I had the cash for another kettle and burner so I could avoid the transfer and start boiling directly from sparging...

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People have mashed and sparged in pails for years. You can fill the bottom with drainage holes without anything more than a drill, bit and a little work. You set the drilled pail in a second pail, dump in your mashed grain and sparge.

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That's the way I have my ghetto system set up. Buckets and a strong back. For 5 gallon batches I end up using 2 ale pails and for 10 gallon batches 3. Collect the runnings in one and collect the sparge water with the other. Not a problem.

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When I bought some food grade buckets from usplastics a month or 2 ago, the buckets were rated for something like 180F. It might be worth checking out if you need some more buckets..

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I often run 170 degree water into a bucket or 150 degree wort into it when transferring from mash tun to boil kettle, I use my bottling bucket since it has accurate calibrated graduated measurements on the side.

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HDPE has a working temperature of 212 degrees F - 220 degrees F under low load conditions and it may be autoclaved at sterilizable temperatures.

I was looking at that the other day wondering if there would be any problems with using a plastic bucket as a brew kettle (with either a couple of heat sticks or some bulkheaded elements.)

You should have lots of clearance when using at mash temperatures.
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