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Old 10-11-2014, 03:06 PM   #31
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I really like that idea; I could use two 2500W elements in a 15 gallon plastic kettle, with a cheap controller on one and just a switch on the other.

Unless I can find used plastic drum locally -- that have not previously contained weed killer -- I will probably go with the 7 gallon buckets first as a proof of concept. I checked craigslist and there are a few but they are 90 miles away. Also I gotta clear out some space for whatever I do.

A lot to think about. Thanks.

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Old 10-11-2014, 03:46 PM   #32
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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.
So the entire process is in one kettle? Maybe a small loss of efficiency, (sugar left in the spent grain) but a small price to pay for the convenience.

What I had in mind was 2 pots. I would mash BIAB in the boil kettle. Transfer the bag to the HLT to sparge for 10 minutes, then drain HLT into the kettle and start the boil.

ETA: I found this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/sing...rewery-158608/
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:50 PM   #33
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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.
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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
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