Originally Posted by wilserbrewer
I would highly advise trying to find an HDPE container like this....my LHBS gives them away, they are available but you need to look around. I have also seen them on craigslist for not much money?http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23849
and cut it down to 10-12 gallons for brewing 5 gallon batches, or larger as needed.
I have had a hunch, and have wanted to try and build a budget 10 gallon brewery for kicks and curiosity, (as I already have 6-8 large brew kettles) with one of the 15 gallon HDPE drums powered by a 2000w, $10 HD element commonly available powered on a 20 amp 110v GFI circuit. I would remove the top for a 15 gallon vessel, heat strike water and turn off element, add BIAB bag and grain bill, insulate with a blanket for the mash rest. Remove grain bag and boil.
Would there be any problem with using a tall 15 gallon pot for just 5 or 6 gallons? (like the one you linked with the top cut off) It might reduce the evaporation rate, but that's not a bad
thing if you plan for it.
I've ordered a couple of 240v WH elements and a stainless steel nut to play with. A 5500W (should be 1375 watts at 120v) and a 2500W. Both are folded, making them short enough to install in a 5 gallon bucket. I'll try not to electrocute myself