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Old 01-28-2012, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Electric element / oak barrel HLT and Boil Kettle??

Hi HBT folks!! Long time lurker, thread starting virgin here....

I had a mad scientist moment recently... Any thoughts / opinions on using oak barrels for the HLT and boil kettle?

** assumptions - oak barrel new but water tight..

I've seen keggles, pots, coolers and assorted vessels... Temp shouldn't be high enough to burn the wood.... (IMHO)


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Old 01-28-2012, 03:28 AM   #2
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I think I'd rather clean metal or plastic vessels.....


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I think using oak for the HLT could be interesting, nothing to clean out there.
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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I think I'd rather clean metal or plastic vessels.....
hmm fair point there for boil kettle... sticky wort + wood = not very fun cleaning!
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Tannin problems come to mind, but only around boil temps
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Thanks all for the comments and allowing me to bounce the idea off you all.... Seems to be a bit too mad scientist'ish....
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I bet this is traditional for stein beer. They probably used barrels and tossed in some hot rocks for the boil. If you can figure out how to do it, I say go for it.
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I bet this is traditional for stein beer. They probably used barrels and tossed in some hot rocks for the boil. If you can figure out how to do it, I say go for it.
Understood.. Would love to.. Just need to research how to keep tiny buggers from growing inside between batches....
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I'd find a stainless vessel that generally fit inside the barrel. That way you get the conversation piece without the hassle of working with wet wood.
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I'd find a stainless vessel that generally fit inside the barrel. That way you get the conversation piece without the hassle of working with wet wood.
Def a possibility.. given they may be on display.. Still deciding on the layout of the basement... (brewery, bar, play area oh and a corner for the kids too..


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