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Old 06-15-2007, 12:07 AM   #11
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My local ACE hardware store has a water heater thats cut in half so you can see the construction. The tank on that one is some kind of plastic

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Old 06-15-2007, 12:09 AM   #12
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Well, it sounds interesting...very interesting in fact. If of course you were looking to do big big batches like that.

I think you've answered all the questions Evan! has brought up with some good simple answers...seems feasable.

Also, I've seen small (maybe 20 gall? not sure) water heaters....I used to work at office depot and they had one about that size.

Good luck if you decide to do this.

Also, what would you use for a mash tun?

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Old 06-15-2007, 12:14 AM   #13
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Well, it sounds interesting...very interesting in fact. If of course you were looking to do big big batches like that.

I think you've answered all the questions Evan! has brought up with some good simple answers...seems feasable.

Also, I've seen small (maybe 20 gall? not sure) water heaters....I used to work at office depot and they had one about that size.

Good luck if you decide to do this.

Also, what would you use for a mash tun?
Mash tun? Beats me.
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:45 AM   #14
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It's definately not stainless inside, so your idea is kinda shot before you go anywhere with it.

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Old 06-15-2007, 01:28 PM   #15
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Cut it open and look at the inside. Yes, it'll be ruined for what you're thinking, but once you see the inside, you won't want to brew in it anyhow.

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Old 06-15-2007, 02:04 PM   #16
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Shoot, thats pretty much bright tank and a serving tank. You could carbonate in it no problem especially if rated to 300psi!!!! Of course....then you have to have it stay cold. hmmm...turn your garage into a walk-in....mwahahaha
I know where there are a bunch of old water heaters, I'm gonna see if I can't crack one open and take a peek at the innards too.

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Old 06-15-2007, 02:59 PM   #17
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Comparing a hot water heater to a conical isn't really fair either. I mean, you're not getting a conical out of the water heater either. I'd rather ferment a big batch in a food grade 55 gallon drum and that's only 20 bucks if you find them.

If you've seen how nasty a fermenter gets on a single batch, you know full well that a little 160dF water and a rinse isn't going to get it clean enough. Your second (if not the first) batch would be so infected.

The closest brewing use I can think of for a water heater is a HLT, and then that's even questionable. Perhaps if you bought it new, and backflushed often. I'd tend to move towards an on-demand water heater instead though.

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...I'd rather ferment a big batch in a food grade 55 gallon drum and that's only 20 bucks if you find them.
My LHBS guy has offered them to me for free. He gets them fairly regularly too.... maybe I should take him up on one of those... for a bbq smoker anyway!
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You could use a front loading washing machine for a MLT. Now we're thinkin outside the box!

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You could use a front loading washing machine for a MLT. Now we're thinkin outside the box!
No more debating about batch or fly sparging...

CENTRIFUGAL SPARGING!
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