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Old 11-06-2007, 06:21 PM   #1
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with the weather getting colder I have been thinking of ways of to brew indoors. My latest idea is to convert a 5 gallon sanke in to a mash tun and brew 3 gallon batches. Im planning on using a similar setup as fly's 10 gallon cooler conversion but making a loop with a T fitting. Im going to get some high temp tubing but until then I wont be able to direct fire on the stove top so how should I maintain my mash temp? I have tried wrapping a blanket around my 1/2 barrel mash tun but that didnt seem to work very well. It seems like I have read about wrapping the keg in a water heater wrap or some thing. any one have any thoughts on this idea?

 
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:31 PM   #2
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yeah, insulated water heater wrapping.
there's also simliar insulation material sold at some online brew shops.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:35 PM   #3
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Another good choice is engine compartment insulation.
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Old 11-07-2007, 01:13 AM   #4
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I use that bubble wrap insulation stuff on my 5 gal mashtun. I made a "sleeve" out of it that slips over the mashtun. Then I jam a blanket into the top to insulate it. Holds temp dead on. My 15 gal mashtun I just throw a comforter and some blankets over as it holds temp well.



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Old 11-07-2007, 04:23 PM   #5
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the keg is a sixtel will I have any issues with the grain bed being narrow?

 
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:23 PM   #6
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should I make some type of jacket or tape it to the keg some how?

 
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:26 PM   #7
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I cant find that bubble insulation I think I might have to go with water heater insulation

 
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:41 PM   #8
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....I wont be able to direct fire on the stove top so how should I maintain my mash temp?
Time to try decoction mashing. It's a lot easier to muscle around a fraction of the grain/water load in a separate pot that than hefting the whole thing on the stove. For 3-gallon batches, decoction mashing is a snap.

 
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:19 PM   #9
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I have thought of that but I want to keep my options open. I would like to direct fire from protein rest through mash out.

 
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:40 PM   #10
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Why not just buy a 5 gallon cooler for like ten bucks?

Oh... you want to do direct heating. Well then why not a SIMS set up? Get yourself a pressure vessel and inject steam into a cooler?
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