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Old 08-18-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Can anyone point me to a resource for where I could find material to insulate a sanke keg to be used as an MLT?

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Old 08-18-2008, 06:11 PM   #2
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Some have had good luck using Reflectix and silver tape. I don't think it does well with direct fire from a burner, though.

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Old 08-18-2008, 06:31 PM   #3
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Home Depot or RV stores.

Now, if I may side-track your thread for just a second. Help me with your reasoning for insulating a keg for MLT vs. using a cooler. I ask because I'm starting to build my rig and I have two keggles and a cooler than I have been using for an MLT. It holds temps within 1-2° per hour with no input, and I cannot imagine why someone would want to use an insulated keggle and have to them heat the mash to maintain temps. Yet insulating a keg for use as an MLT is very popular. I must be missing something. Not trolling, just can't make the connection.

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Old 08-18-2008, 06:36 PM   #4
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Coolers are great for single infusion mashes.
If you want to do things like step mashes without multiple water infusions a direct fire mash tun is an option.

Insulation is useful for preventing temperature swings and burning wort when using direct fire mash tuns.

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Old 08-18-2008, 06:47 PM   #5
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I have a thread that I did over insulating a mash tun. Hope this helps you out.

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Old 08-18-2008, 07:35 PM   #6
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I use a keg MLT on a burner and since I'm yet to play around with step mashing, I can see your point. However, wrapping with 2 layers of reflectix holds the mash temp really well and I love being able to mash out without infusing.

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Old 08-18-2008, 07:53 PM   #7
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I will need some insulation when I'm mashing in temps below freezing.

I'm planning on wrapping with reflective insulation and removing it when I direct fire.

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If you know anyone that sews, you could get some Reflectix and wrap it in fabric with Velcro closures. That would be sweet for when you need it, and you could take it off when you fire up. The material could even be higher temperature proof.

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Old 08-29-2008, 05:55 PM   #9
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I covered both my HLT and Mash Tun with two layers of 1/8" insulated tape I found at Home Depot that is primary used to wrap pipes. I then covered it with a layer of black duct tape. You can see it here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/my-new-herms-setup-39422/

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I used a water heater blanket folded in half. I used silver tape to seal all the fiberglass. The last mash was for 90 minutes and I only lost 1* in that time.

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