milk can boilers

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milk can boilers

Post by moon_liner » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:46 pm

Has anyone had any luck finding milk can boilers like the ones for sale at hillbilly/mile high distilling? I am sure there marking them up, (I would if I were them.) I would like to find one in the 26 gal. / 100l range. but something tells me I can find it cheaper on the old interweb, but I am running out places to look. any help would be awesome.

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Post by S-Cackalacky » Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:12 pm

Try some internet searches. I think the major source for those is India. It could be that the shipping cost would run the cost up more than what you could get one for from Hillbilly or Milehigh.

I run across them once in a while at flea markets, but they're usually in the 5 gallon size. Wish I could be of more help.

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Post by MitchyBourbon » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:10 pm

They are made in China, and they do sell them for a lot less. With shipping I figure I would have only saved $50. But it isn't worth the risk. First you gotta send them the money for the milk can and the shipping, and you have no guarantee that they even ship it. Then there is the little matter of customs, if they decide there is something wrong they hold you responsible. These days customs pay extra scrutiny to stuff shipped here from china. If there is something wrong or defective then what? Unless your heart is set on a milk can get yourself a keg. You can use the keg as is and put a 2" column on it. If you prefer you can easily modify the opening to what ever size suits you.
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Post by FullySilenced » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:22 pm

With a little welding take a look at these

http://kaplanmaple.com/inovaweld-drum-3 ... 01-2b.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

they also make it in 304ss you could make the boiler lay down style or stand it up tall... depending on your height requirements

just a thought

have fun with it...

http://www.leaderevaporator.com/p-36-st ... -duty.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

https://atkinsonmaple.com/catalogue/bulk_containers" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
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Post by Cardinalbags » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:46 am

FullySilenced wrote:With a little welding take a look at these

http://kaplanmaple.com/inovaweld-drum-3 ... 01-2b.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

they also make it in 304ss you could make the boiler lay down style or stand it up tall... depending on your height requirements

just a though

have fun with it...
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Post by toast860 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:56 am

that a good price. I believe that will be the first thing I get for my new house .
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Post by FullySilenced » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:00 am

Added a couple of more links to my earlier post...

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Post by Uncle John » Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:23 pm

Hello moon-liner,
Still a newbie I suppose, but on the milk cans...I had to resort to a 5 gallon one in SS and then had to import it to Canada.
Expensive but worth it at the time.
It's just a plain jane antique milk can (in Stainless and one piece construction), but I need to build it to get the pleasure out of that part of it.
I'm now in the process of collecting all the pcs to build it when I get home from trucking.
As for finding anything bigger than 5 gallons...it would have to be a manufacturer or something as anything I've found is never bigger than 6 gallons.
As I am progressing from a small personal allembic pot at 2.5L....by the time this one is done and run it will probably be too small also, but I'm having fun :mrgreen:
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Post by Rum_dog » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:28 pm

Milk can make the best boilers you can buy!
SS, with a large removable tight fitting lid with two handles 8) .
There is nothing better but custom built copper stuff.
I picked up a 5 gal at the swap-meet for $35.
Some one was using it to brew coffee.
Too bad it is not 10 gal!
All you have to do is add a 2" union and you are good to go.

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Re: milk can boilers

Post by baron4406 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:34 am

My primary boiler for 3 years was a 14 gallon stainless milk jog. It was an ornament in the living room i grew up in. Mom asked me if i wanted it she was gonna throw it out. Now I'm building an electric setup with a keg, so I'll probably patch the lid and use it as an ornament again.

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Post by unclesarge 58 » Fri May 23, 2014 4:47 am

You can get an 8 Gal or 15 Gal Milk Can Boiler Here : http://www.brewhaus.com/Distillers-and-Parts-C96.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
I Have the 8 Gal Induction Boiler & It Is Excellent. Great Workmanship & Superior Clamp Design.
Uses a Ring Clamp w/ Silicone Rubber Gasket. Far Superior to the Triple Clamps used on Others.
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Post by T-Pee » Fri May 23, 2014 8:21 am

unclesarge 58 wrote:You can get an 8 Gal or 15 Gal Milk Can Boiler Here : http://www.brewhaus.com/Distillers-and-Parts-C96.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
True, but you also get your name on a .gov list. Many would prefer to avoid that for obvious reasons.

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Post by Stilldrunk » Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:24 am

Anyone source any of the milk cans yet in canada? Would love a 100L.

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Post by still_stirrin » Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:59 am

Stilldrunk wrote:Anyone source any of the milk cans yet in canada? Would love a 100L.
How 'bout this one?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Delaval-5-gallo ... 4ad8e29db1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

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Post by joeyfla » Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:02 pm

Found this on eBay....30 L stainless steel milk can. Bought 2, one of which my wife uses to store bird seed. I suppose one could make a nice boiler out of one or use it for a fermenter.
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Post by shadylane » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:22 pm

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Post by PTS_35 » Tue May 10, 2016 6:28 am

What do you all do abt the silicone gasket under the lid?

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Post by Hound Dog » Tue May 10, 2016 3:52 pm

PTS_35 wrote:What do you all do abt the silicone gasket under the lid?
Try PTFE Valve Stem packing.
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Post by PTS_35 » Fri May 13, 2016 10:37 am

Ok. Been looking up. Difficult bc I'm seeing expensive items. I'll keep looking

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Post by shadylane » Fri May 13, 2016 2:42 pm

Check out the junk stores. I've found several 9 gallon milk cans for $50 to $100

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Post by PTS_35 » Sat May 14, 2016 10:24 am

I meant the pfte packing. So far I've seen impregnated and food grade. Food grade was 90 bucks

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Post by Hound Dog » Sat May 14, 2016 1:12 pm

PTS_35 wrote:I meant the pfte packing. So far I've seen impregnated and food grade. Food grade was 90 bucks
Try looking on Amazon. Pure PTFE packing 5/32" x 10' is $17.26. You can get big rolls and large diameters for more money too. Depends on what you are doing. Google is your friend. :thumbup:
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Post by PTS_35 » Sun May 15, 2016 8:49 am

Yep. Think I found it. Looking at the milk cans, whats going on with the lid. Looks concave. How's that work for fixing the column

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Post by Pesty » Sun May 15, 2016 9:18 am

PTS_35 wrote:Yep. Think I found it. Looking at the milk cans, whats going on with the lid. Looks concave. How's that work for fixing the column
weld a ferrule to the lid

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Post by hellbilly007 » Sun May 15, 2016 7:42 pm

Something to consider when wanting a larger boiler than milk cans have to offer there's fustis. They're stainless steel and used for olive oil. The largest I've found is 26 gallons.

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Post by copperlover1 » Sun May 29, 2016 7:01 pm

The Cary company offers a whole line of stainless drums with lids from 4 gallons to 85 gallons.

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Post by KeenPin » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:19 pm

Broken oar distilling in Canada for milk cans. Or Brewhaus ships to Canada as well


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Post by Rain Distillate » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:43 pm

KeenPin wrote:Broken oar distilling in Canada for milk cans. Or Brewhaus ships to Canada as well


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I'm looking at the Canadian company.
Is TBB notified like companies stateside? I'm looking at a 26 galllon boiler but don't want uncle Sam finding out!

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Post by KeenPin » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:35 pm

Not sure, I haven't ordered from them. I actually purchased from Brewhaus and they just said on the customs form that it was an electric kettle.

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Re: milk can boilers

Post by Budapest8485 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:28 am

Hound Dog wrote:
PTS_35 wrote:What do you all do abt the silicone gasket under the lid?
Try PTFE Valve Stem packing.
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I just received my milk can and was disappointed to see silicone under the top lid. I've never worked with valve stem packing before. Will this stuff stay up into the recessed area and form a tight seal? The gasket is 1/2 inch wide and 25 inches in circumference, meaning I'll have to do multiple loops around to fill the entire area.

Does this valve packing stuff work this way?
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