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Old 07-22-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I have a question for some pros or handy hobbyists. While at work I found a neat piece of equipment at a cheese factory. It appears to be 600g, as the plaque said size=600. Maybe it's in metric? Anyway it appears to have a SS paddle for mixing inside, but I'm not 100% yet. I asked the owner about the price if he wanted to sell it as it was siting outside the building. He said he would ask the scrap yard how much they would pay and that I may have it for the same price. When I get a call back I'm going to inspect it further and get some details.

Anyway my question is do you think it could be used as a micro mash tun? It is quite large and seems to be in good shape. The motor for the mixing paddle isn't there but for the price of scrap this would be hard to pass up. Anyway let me know what you guys think.



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Old 07-22-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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If it doesn't work you can scrap it and break even? Wouldn't even give it a second thought.


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Old 07-22-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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looks like a milk tank, as long as it holds liquid, it could be modified to mash
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #4
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Yeah, I have to agree. I think you could definitely use it as a mash tun if it does not leak. I've seen all kinds of modified tanks used for mashing. That photo does not really make it easy to tell how big it is. But not being any taller than the wild flowers around it, I'd say it is not 600 gallons. That would be close to 20BBL. But 600L or 5BBL looks more like it. Either way, you may be able to get an excellent deal on a commercial scale mash tun. BTW, if you have the dimensions of the tank, there are some online calculators that will help you estimate the volume if the owner does not know.
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No way I'd use it as a pressure vessel, but if you can fit it with a false bottom, you're golden.
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600 liters, maybe? About 5 barrels.
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I agree, its probably 600 liters. I have some 150 gallon kettles and they look about that same size.
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Thanks guys, you confirmed my own thoughts. Once I go to check it out I'll know more, like if it can hold liquids. Pretty important.
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Even if it leaks, I'd take it. Leaks can be fixed if you are looking for a tun that size, you wont find anything near this price at that size and stainless any cheaper. Even if you need to get some welding done on it you will be way ahead. It probably has sanitary fitting already, but depending on age they might be bevel seat. They're fine kind of annoying for tanks and hoses. I'd only ever use them on a plumbing fence but would prefer DIN to bevel seat for panels still. Anyhow good find!
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:39 PM   #10
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Finally got a call back. He'll take 500$ for it. Going to try and set up a time to check it out further. I'll get some more pics of it, including the fittings.


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