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Old 06-27-2008, 03:15 PM   #1
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I work for a company that deals with EPS foam(coffee cup foam). I got the idea to order a 30x30x24 cube with the center cut to slide my keg into. The block is a bit big, I may shave it down and laminate the outsides to keep it from getting banged up. It will have a foam floor and top. The trick is to keep it manageable for moving, and removal of the HLT keg for cleaning. Still noodling the whole idea through. I will post further pics.

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Old 06-27-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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pic of keg inside foam...

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I work for a company that deals with EPS foam(coffee cup foam). I got the idea to order a 30x30x24 cube with the center cut to slide my keg into. The block is a bit big, I may shave it down and laminate the outsides to keep it from getting banged up. It will have a foam floor and top. The trick is to keep it manageable for moving, and removal of the HLT keg for cleaning. Still noodling the whole idea through. I will post further pics.
I love your Idea. I used foamed board duct taped together to form a box that I slide on top of the keg. I keep my keg on the burner when mashing. Why not design the block to slide over top the keg, heat rises you don't really need it on the bottom. I like the round hole better than the box shape becuase it will hold the heat better.
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I love your Idea. I used foamed board duct taped together to form a box that I slide on top of the keg. I keep my keg on the burner when mashing. Why not design the block to slide over top the keg, heat rises you don't really need it on the bottom. I like the round hole better than the box shape becuase it will hold the heat better.
I think that is a good idea. Over the top would be easier I think.
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:05 PM   #5
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Is it fire resistant? There was a thread last week or so about needing to have it fire proof, so it would not melt/catch fire.

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I wasn't planning on putting fire under it. I guess I have my terminology wrong. I'm new to all grain brewing. This will insulate my MLT, or mash vessel. I think that if I preheat the keg with hot water, draing and add grain and mash water, it should maintain a good temp. This foam doesn't get along well with open flame. I could use an electric immersion heating element.
I have an igloo cooler no as a MLT. The temp drop over an hours time with that is quite a lot. I'm hoping this will work better. It is awful big, may prove to be hard to work around. I will try a test run with hot water.

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Looks good to me. Anytime you have a DIY project its always fun to tinker. I'm sure it will work. How much was the cube?

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cube was..........FREEBEE for me. Somewhere around $120 retail. I'm thinking of shaving it round on the exterior, laminating FRP board to it.

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I wasn't planning on putting fire under it. I guess I have my terminology wrong. I'm new to all grain brewing. This will insulate my MLT, or mash vessel. I think that if I preheat the keg with hot water, draing and add grain and mash water, it should maintain a good temp. This foam doesn't get along well with open flame. I could use an electric immersion heating element.
I have an igloo cooler no as a MLT. The temp drop over an hours time with that is quite a lot. I'm hoping this will work better. It is awful big, may prove to be hard to work around. I will try a test run with hot water.
I put the foam box over the MLT after turning the burner off. The foam cube does not have to go all the way to the bottom of the keg. Keep it above the stand off ring on the bottom of the keg. Lining the inside with coil stock and crimping it arond the bottom would protect the foam. I like the MLT on the burner so I can step up my temps with the burner after the rests.
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LOL, hey wortlover I just did a project too. I actually thought this was mine, lol. I went to this and it just looked wrong, then I saw it wasn't mine, lol. Close name and everything. Here's mine just for the curious. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=49928

I think they turned out really good and only cost me $150 for the both to be done (Insulated and lined anyways).

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