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Old 11-17-2012, 04:59 PM   #11
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Wait, the wort won't come into contact with the drum...so it'll be in contact with the cement? Is that food safe? I'd certainly ask that question before moving forward.

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Old 11-17-2012, 05:52 PM   #12
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No, it will not come in contact with the cement either. The barrel and cement will only surround or contact the brew pot. This project will help those who live in colder climates cut down boil and mash times. I will see if I can make some drawings to post to help clear up the confusion.

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Old 11-17-2012, 06:13 PM   #13
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I got this idea from an old hobby of mine. I used to be into metal casting at home. I built a furnace that would melt 5 pounds of aluminum in 15-20 minutes. I thought if it would melt aluminum that fast it should be able to boil water or get to mash temps in 5-10 minutes. You can google metal casting to get an idea of what I am talking about or go to Lionel's site: www.backyardmetalcasting.com.

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Old 11-19-2012, 12:29 AM   #14
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Make a sandblaster cabinet with one.....or a parts washer. Possibly a keg washer if you want to get brewing specific.

Not a whole lot you can do with a plain steel barrel when it comes to cooking/fermenting food grade stuff....UNLESS you line the barrel with a food grade bag and ferment that way.

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:30 AM   #15
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you'd be better off digging up some stainless steel barrels left over from a winery. I've seen them for fairly cheap.

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #16
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Sounds interesting. I reread your post and get what you are doing. Metal casting is one of my hobbies that is currently on hold due to lack of time.

Post some pictures when you get to fabricating it.

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:00 PM   #17
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I hope to do it this weekend. Depends on weather. I will post pics as I go. If I do not get to it this weekend it will be pushed to mid Dec as I am having spine surgery next week.

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:41 PM   #18
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I don't know if that furnace is going to improve your mash... at least, it doesn't seem very efficient. Yes, it will retain heat longer, but it will require at least twice as much energy since you're heating the thermal mass of both the bricks and the wort.

I've never had much need for a heated tun. You're much better off just giving it some insulation and a lid. I often don't bother with the insulation and my temp only ever drops one or two degrees during a one-hour mash.

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