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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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John Barleycorn must die.
"and little Sir John in the nut brown bowl proved the strongest man at last.
The huntsman he can't hunt the fox, nor so loudly to blow his horn,
and the tinker he can't mend kettle nor pots without a little barleycorn."
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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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