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Old 02-16-2013, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Would you mash in these?

I know they don't seem like a normal mash tun, I'm doing an experiment, a large experiment.

The guy selling them said there's no recycling symbol with number, but the blue ones have the info 1h2/y1.2/100/10/usa/m-4895 2.2mm.

Anyway, they should be food grade but I'm wondering if they still are when they're at 170 degrees or so?

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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No way.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:17 AM   #3
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I'm sure they would hold up to 150ish deg water. Most of those type barrels are pretty thick. The only concern would be any compounds "leeching" into the wort because of the heat. I know people do ferment in containers like those, but I don't know about mashing. Great prices on them though.

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Why not?

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Why not?
Wait - what kind of experiment are you planning on conducting?

Maybe I would agree that mashing in a container made of unknown-and-therefore-dubious material would be a great thing to do!

Let me know...

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I have a few of the smaller ones (on the left). A neighbor of my parents gets his horse feed in them and sells them for 10 bucks. I use them to hold my grains and work great. I did also ponder the idea of a mash tun, but the bottom does not work well for that. It has a big raised portion that makes a donut shape. For strength I guess. Plus I think it would handle a few hot times, but would not stand the test of time.

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I'm mainly worried about the plastic leaching into the plastic. Either way anyone see a problem using it as a fermenter?

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I don't know if there is anything particularly bad about these barrels you're showing us, but they look identical to a number of barrels I have seen people use to ferment in. I think aardvark used the blue type to ferment his persimmon wine in. I looked up the thread but the pictures were gone. I'm also pretty sure they're popular with our..umm..corn-loving counterparts if you know what I mean.

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