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I acquired a 40 gallon SS steam jacketed kettle that I intended to use as a boil kettle or mash tun.  However, I am having a hard time figuring out how to heat it.  It came out of a commercial kitchen that had used a steam generator to heat it.  I don’t have a steam generator and using fire to heat it doesn’t work that well.

It is a beautiful piece of equipment; all stainless with a tilting mechanism and 2” valve in the bottom of the kettle.  It has a lid that fits really nice, though there is no seal on it.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to use it?  If I can’t figure out a good use for it I am afraid I am going to have to let it go.  It is a monster to be sitting in my garage not getting used.

It might make a nice fermenter.  Maybe you could rig up some way to pump refrigerated water or glycol through the jacket for temperature control.

Our club- Crescent City Homebrewers- has a subcell called 6 guys brewing who acquired the same setup and connected the burner to  NG but after awhile gave it away as too big for them...for a single brewer I know NOT what u could do with your nearest brewclub OR Lion's Club/VFW etc who can make gumbo/chili etc at the community festival and donate it or sell it on's big benefit of tilting would not help as a fermenter
  FWIW they also had a 50G SS fermenter ringed with a freon coil but when the center was only cool the rim was forming ice so iot went too...too big a footprint

It might make an interesting mashtun. Pump 165 F water thru the steam jacket until it gets near mash temp then back it off as it reaches equilibrium where you want it.

You guys are so one track oriented....

HOT TUB!!!! 

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