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Old 06-26-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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A friend of mine came across a large stainless steel vessel of sorts and thought we might be able to use it for brewing purposes. It is all stainless steel without any leaks. The top open although my friend said there was a lid for it if we wanted it.

That is a 5 gallon bucket next to it to give you an idea of the size of it.

Any ideas for putting this thing to use? Also since I don't know the history of this thing, what would you do to clean and sterilize this thing?

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Old 06-26-2009, 01:37 AM   #2
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It looks like a very nice stainless steel vessel but I would be a little leary about using it if I didn't know it's history. I am not one to take risks. Even though I am passionate about brewing, this is just a hobby to me.


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Old 06-26-2009, 01:51 AM   #3
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Wow, that thing is huuuuuuuuge!

Stainless is stainless, I wouldn't worry about previous uses excepting the valve assembly. Is it all stainless inside this assembly?


HLT? MLT? BK? Fermenter? You could probably find a way to adapt to each use.

The only drawback it's huge capacity.
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:06 AM   #4
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It is stainless throughout, so my thoughts were also along the lines of eighty sixing the valve / shut off and moving forward from that point.

I understand that bleach is to be avoided when cleaning stainless, but any ideas as to a good cleaner for stainless?
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:12 AM   #5
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yes no bleach...oxi clean for organic debris...detergent (PBW or dishwashing powder) for grease or oil. What do we think, 50 - 80 gallons???
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It looks like a smaller variable volume fermenter for a large producing home winer or a small winery
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If I did the math right...it will hold 78 gallons.
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The only drawback it's huge capacity.
How is that a drawback? Go for it! 50 gallon batches.
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I would clean it out, completely restore it, and then try to sell it as a fermenter to a brewery for a pilot or something of the sort.
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With the drain and valve out the bottom, that sounds like a MASSIVE mash tun. You just have to insulate it really well and add a false bottom.


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