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Old 03-27-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default Stainless Steel 55 Gallon Barrel - Useful?

I recently bought a new house. Behind the shed on the property is a 55 gallon barrel. It appears to be stainless steel (magnet will not stick to it) with a welded fitting on the side. Very very heavy. The real estate agent mentioned that the old man who previously owned the house may have had some brewing purpose for it in mind but never got around to it.

It's dirty but seems to be structurally sound. There's some slight surface rust/oxidation on the interior but it doesn't look deep at all.

The markings on the bottom of the barrel are as follows...
304
16-55-72
USS

Pictures are below.

My question is... Does this barrel have a use in a homebrewing set up and if so, what would that be? I'm a simple extract brewer and have never done all-grain or built a rig, so I can guess but couldn't say for sure. Would it be of use? Does the rust out-and-out disqualify it? Does it have value? What do you guys think?





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Old 03-27-2009, 03:33 PM   #2
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Hmmm I'm thinking that in Lynchburg, VA that guy was going to use this to distill 55 gallon washes... I suppose you could do the same

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Even if you dont use it for anything brewing related, its gotta be worth a few bucks in scrap.

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Old 03-27-2009, 03:36 PM   #4
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By the looks of it, it is already in use as a fecal matter depository. I would not have a use for that. eww....

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If you have no use for it, I'll pay shipping costs to have you send it my way. lol!

Clean it up and use it for BIG batches.

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By the looks of it, it is already in use as a fecal matter depository. I would not have a use for that. eww....
No worries. It's mud and leaves. It's raining here in the 'Burg.
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Clean it up and it could be a nice kettle or MLT for 1bbl batches. That's what I did.

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The markings on the bottom of the barrel are as follows...
304
16-55-72
USS
I bet the 304 denotes 304 Stainless Steel.
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It is 304 s/s

Almost all process equipment is 316 but it will fine for homebrewing

Even stainless steel will surely rust, it's compatible with everything. Hydrochloric acid will burn it right up. Probably your rust is stuff that is on the surface, and that is corroding in the elements.

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16-55-72
steel gauge - volume - ? maybe circumference?
Just guessing here.

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