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Old 07-16-2012, 06:20 AM   #1
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I've got a lot more batches to get under my belt. I still havent retired my water cooler all grain setup. I'm just now beginning to acquire kegs for keggles in a hopeful single tier build in the future. In looking for places to buy kegs, I noticed a website, usedstainlesssteelbarrels.com. I have no intention of really ever needing brewing vessels this big but a boy can dream cant he? Has anyone ever used these type of barrels in a brew system? Most of they're barrels are under $200 and some seem to have thick enough steel to boil with. I don't have any intention of buying any of these any time in the near future but I bet some of you more experienced brewers could use some of these barrels to make some beautiful setups.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:33 AM   #2
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Seems more hassle than the typical brewer would want. I wouldn't know what to do with 55gal barrels. I would need a ladder just to stir the stuff. Nice find though. I saw one barrel that mentioned food grade. That would be the one I would want.

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Old 07-16-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Many people that want to get into the 1bbl real use stainless barrels. They are usually cheaper than any other sized vessel.

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Old 07-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #4
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Usedstainlessbarrels, is in Cincinnati, OH. I have been very tempted at getting a few of the food grade models. However they are closed top barrels that have been cut for open top. The rims are not rolled and could be a little dangerous if not protected. I considered running split tubing along the rim to avoid getting cut. They also sell dented ones on ebay but only at a $20 savings.

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Old 07-16-2012, 11:11 PM   #5
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You are going to burn a lot of energy heating one of those up. Unless you always need 30+ gallon batches, it's probably not the way to go. Might be fine for a club setup though.

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Old 07-16-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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You are going to burn a lot of energy heating one of those up. Unless you always need 30+ gallon batches, it's probably not the way to go. Might be fine for a club setup though.

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I don't know. I kind of like my 1 bbl set up. I don't have to brew every other week anymore and I always have plenty of brew on hand. And if you're worried about having 30 gallons of the same beer, you can split it into seperate boils and make two or 3 totally different beers all in one big batch. Not to mention (if you use small fermenters) you can mix it up quite a bit with the yeast as well. And as far as energy usuage goes, I've never noticed it affecting my gas bill. You burn a lot more energy on the hot water heater than you will brewing.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:58 AM   #7
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Hi

Don't try a 55 gallon drum with one of these electric setups people keep talking about ....

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Old 08-06-2012, 05:55 PM   #8
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I use the 55 gallon barrels for the nano i set up. It was my personal brew system prior to that (like, last month). I would use it for anything over 15 gallon batch sizes. Smaller than that I would use the old keggle. Experements would go in the still older 7 gallon aluminum pot.

Heres a pic of the older system with the hdpe plastic barrels. I switched over to direct fire and upgraded to stainless recently. If you have any questions, please ask.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...6781098&type=3

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