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Old 09-01-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Is there a use for these SS containers?

I have seen these SS containers before and was wondering if anyone has ever used them. Possibly as a MLT, HLT, fermenter, etc? I realize the price is high but I have seen them at flea markets before for relatively cheap. They are double walled and all stainless with what appears to be very solid manufacturing. The website lists the temperature drop and it appears to drop quickly but then only drops 2 degrees over an hour. I'm assuming if it were heated with water prior to a strike this would be a great MLT with very minimal temp drop. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-01-2009, 09:58 PM   #2
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They look like htey would work well... but they cost almost $700! I think this may be the first time I come into a thread and say that is a waste of money....

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Old 09-01-2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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Hell yes...MLT, HLT, Fermentor...the list goes on

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I have seen them at flea markets before for relatively cheap.
How cheap are you talking?
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I remember seeing one for under $100 at a flea market in State College. This was before I was into brewing and thought of it as a water dispenser only.

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Oh wow! At that price I would say pull the trigger.

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I was thinking that they would work best as fermenters because it would be an easy transition to make them fully functional for that. They hold a vacuum so to transfer closed at 2-3psi should be no problem. It would be easy to take samples by taking the top off and a bubbler could be installed relatively easy in the top.

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So are they basically double walled insulated containers, with a vacuum in between the walls (like a vacuum thermos)?

Anybody know what happens if you try to boil something in one of these things?

Just wondering....my guess is that that vacuum layer in between might insulate the contents from being heated from the outside (like it insulates contents from being cooled)? Would the only way to heat the contents would be to stick a heating source directly into it?

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yeah, applying heat to the outside wouldn't help boil the contents, that's the whole point of insulation, right, to keep the inside a different temp from the outside?

as an MLT or a fermenter, though, it would be fantastic. conceptually it is the same as a plastic water cooler MLT, except that you can scrub the hell out of it, use whatever cleaning products you want, and use it as a fermenter.

gonna have to check out the flea markets..

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The other issue would be that the vacuum would be compromised when you installed any bulkheads.

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