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Old 02-16-2013, 05:34 AM   #1
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it's an old 60 gallon steam cooker that was used in a penitentiary. it's stainless and the crank in the right tilts the kettle up and down. think this would make a good kettle for big batches?




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Old 02-16-2013, 05:46 AM   #2
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:05 AM   #3
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is this thing steam powered? if yes you need a boiler for excellent boiling kettle
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:14 AM   #4
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I'm thinking fermenter! What size batches so you normally do?
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:18 AM   #5
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it was steam powered. there's an outside shell from the center weld down. steam would be pumped in between the two layers of stainless to cook the food in the vat. I would remove the exterior shell so that I could put a burner under it and be more efficient
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I'm just getting started. I've yet to do my first batch however I can get this for next to nothing. I envision finding a go to recipe and brewing large batches............ say twenty gallon batches and fermenting in two 15.5 kegs...........I can get this dude for less than I can get 2 15.5 kegs
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before you take it apart remember that steam is about 4x more efficient in delivering heat/energy than direct fire, old indians even say that you can't boil more than 3 bbl when using direct fire
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before you take it apart remember that steam is about 4x more efficient in delivering heat/energy than direct fire, old indians even say that you can't boil more than 3 bbl when using direct fire
unfortunately I do not have the means to utilize steam.................. this monsters gotta be good something though right?

could I put a banjo burner under it and use it as a kettle and a mash tun all in one ( going AG in a bag)? then turn to 2 15.5 kegs as fermenters?
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Depending on the price, that looks like a nice start, what is the pot just to the right of in the first pic looks promising
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after some research I have found this to be a Groen 60 gallon steam kettle


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