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Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

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Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby Blackstrap » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:25 am

Been lurking, reading different post and looking at lots of pictures, and videos... I found this one to be very helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtnboJ3Kxeo And hopefully he doesn't mind me sharing this. Let me explain what led to this quest. :idea:
My still is a 15 gallon Keg still, I use to do 5 gallon BIAB all grain but had to break it down into into 3 brews/per still run.
Tried an all corn once (before I knew about Diastatic Power of grains.) The chickens enjoyed that disaster. :doh: there was another post by someone, named Euphoria in a another distilling forum.... So I got to thinking :oops: Which led me to the pics I'm going to post below.

BOP is a Concord from amazon with the Induction bottom https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AJDDI10/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
(This BOP is also used as my boil kettle for when making beer, cause for some reason not everyone drinks the harder stuff Haha :!: )
Decommissioned Keg, local distributor (Top removed to a 13 inch opening)
Home made propeller, all copper, (for my copper porn addiction :roflmao: )
wood decking I repurposed
and a drill press.
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby firewater69 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:59 am

Nice job Blackstrap! I use a similar setup but I don't have a bain marie. I'd be lost without my powered mash paddle, they make cooking corn so much easier.
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby Blackstrap » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:21 am

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BPG4LI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This link is for the elements I that use, even though it's a ULWD element I didn't want to take a chance of having grain scorched to it, or have the element, interfering with the stirring of the mash... I do have to agree with you Firewater, there is nothing like an auto stirrer...

Firewater Are you able to post any of the pics of your Auto stirrer?

Oh and Firewater I will be fermenting on the grain with this run. However I do like your Stainless mesh cooler setup... I like how you think :rkn:
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby firewater69 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:42 am

Here's a couple of pics of my set up, it's a gear drive motor that spins at 63 rpm @90 lbs. of torque. and there's nothing wrong with fermenting on the grain, I just didn't like the results that I got, everyone has different ways of doing things. It would suck if we all did everything the same way. I love the ingenuity of the folks in this hobby, I've seen some very interesting and cool stuff over the years.
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:58 am

Thanks, both of you for posting pics of your mashing rigs. I hope to do something similar in the future. Every new idea is appreciated.
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby Blackstrap » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:07 am

Thank You Firewater; I enjoy the ingenuity of the people here, as well as the diversity... haha, as long as everyone plays safe. Your pictures look great.
and the best to you too S-Crackalacky. This may be an old fashioned art/hobby, but i sure like the automated advances, and those that aren't afraid to show, that outside the box thinking :)
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby firewater69 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:27 am

One thing I've noticed about the gear motor is nothing slows it down, I'm guessing it's probably the same for a big drill motor as well? So anyone planning on building one "please be careful" they can be very dangerous. I think this thing would paddle bricks if the paddle would hold up, lol.
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby RedwoodHillBilly » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:55 am

What the hell, here is a picture of my mash cooker (mash tun/fermenter/thumper). I just bring water up to a boil, disconnect heating elements, start stirring and add corn. This is a mash with 100# corn ground to flour, 10# 2 row, 10# wheat malt. Would be a bitch to do with a paddle or without enzymes.

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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby just sayin' » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:13 am

+1 on safety, Firewater!

Blackstrap, the drill press idea is brilliant. I also like the idea of building the paddle from copper, much easier for most to work with and a mistake will not damage your BOP. I love to see the results of many creative minds focusing on the same problems. Goes to show there is more than one way to skin a ..., of a...approaching a task. Thanks for posting here!
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby just sayin' » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:15 am

Nice rig too, Redwood!
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby firewater69 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:38 am

just sayin' wrote:Nice rig too, Redwood!

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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby Blackstrap » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:59 am

just sayin' wrote:+1 on safety, Firewater!

Blackstrap, the drill press idea is brilliant. I also like the idea of building the paddle from copper, much easier for most to work with and a mistake will not damage your BOP. I love to see the results of many creative minds focusing on the same problems. Goes to show there is more than one way to skin a ..., of a...approaching a task. Thanks for posting here!


Thank You Redwood. I must say yours automatic pot stirrer looks great also.

On my prop, I was playing and this was first time metal (copper) forming...Had 10 inches or so left over 2" copper tubing and hammered out a couple "props" soldered them to a 1/2 hard copper tube and a 1/2 to 3/8 reducer (that way it fits in the drill chuck.) OH copper is very soft so the piece that goes into the chuck, I soldered a drill bit so the chuck doesn't crush the tubing when tightened. It's nothing fancy but does the job.
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Prop for stirring....

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Down and dirty, but it stirs the pot.
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and with the belt speed adjustments, It won't quite stir bricks, but still suggest using caution when working around moving objects...
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby firewater69 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:55 pm

Good job on the paddle Blackstrap, from the pic above it sure seems to churn the hell out of the mash.
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Re: Bain-Marie with Drill Press (Corn Cooker)

Postby just sayin' » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:47 pm

Blackstrap, thanks for the sharing the photos of your custom copper creation. Nicely done! Copper has a strong hold on me so it makes your functional metal workmanship that much more interesting!
I am going to have to take a look through my copper bits and pieces to see if I have the material to imitate your success!
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