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Old 11-11-2012, 02:55 AM   #1
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Was reading the 1 gallon brewers unite thread here on homebrew talk, and I really like the idea of making 1 Gallon test batches, but wanted to maintain the ability for the temperature control I have with my electric keggle brewery. I have decided to make a working scale model. I will be able to make multiple 1 gallon test batches and have the ability to brew my favorites in larger volume.

I scored 3 stainless 2 gallon pots on e-bay a while back and will be installing 1500W electric elements to create an HLT and Boil Kettle. Still working on the plan for the mash tun, due to the small volume being more difficult to maintain temps for the duration of the mash I am not sure a mini herms is the answer. I am considering possibly placing the mini mash tun inside a crock pot with an auber controller to maintain temps.

I am still waiting/acquiring some parts for the control panel, so I started with the HLT. I have enough parts on hand I could rig this up to do a single vessel brew in a bag while I assemble the rest of the parts.



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Old 11-11-2012, 06:09 AM   #2
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Cool idea. How do you plan on cooling your 1 gallon batches?
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:11 PM   #3
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Cool idea. How do you plan on cooling your 1 gallon batches?
I am not sure on that yet, I am thinking since volume is so low I might be able to use an ice bath while stirring.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:25 PM   #4
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What about a 2 gallon round cooler for a mash tun?

I think I'm going to make a 1 gallon test brewery too.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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What about a 2 gallon round cooler for a mash tun?
I had considered this, and have not ruled it out. I did use a cooler mash tun in the past on my keggle brewery.

But stainless is just so much shinier
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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EPIC.. I love everything about this.. Sitting with some popcorn
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #7
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I'm attempting this during my break over the Holidays. 2 gallon cooler mash tun, 2 8qt stock pots to do my 5 liter batches.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:10 AM   #8
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could you just do a water bath while you mash? just set the mash tun in a water bath heated with a bigger pot with an element.

 
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could you just do a water bath while you mash? just set the mash tun in a water bath heated with a bigger pot with an element.
I think this is probably where I will end up, but was was thinking today about soldering 1/4 couplers into the bottom of my 2 gallon pot and into the bottom of a larger stainless pot using a coupler to connect them together and filling the space between them with expanding foam, making a bottom draining 2 gallon insulated mash tun.



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But then how would you deal with heat loss due to having no cover? I know the some of the expanding foams release formaldehyde when heated too so you may want to take that into account
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