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Looking for insulated water tank options for my closed-loop system.  Need 350-550 gallon tanks - one for hot water coming from the condensers that will be used for mashing and the other to hold water that is chilled to 50 degrees F or so overnight with my glycol chiller... so both are ready to go for the next day of production.

Insulated hot water tanks (generally with an internal glass tank) are expensive and need engineering per my local city building official flexing his tiny muscles. 

Custom-made insulated stainless tanks are also expensive (I bet) and would require engineering (I know).

Insulated poly tanks look like crap (IMHO), and again, if tall and narrow will require engineering (we have some earthquake shaking in my neck of the wood-less woods.)  And if fat and short they don't fit in my space.

Note, I will be doing tours and care what the tank room looks like. 

IBC totes don't need engineering as they are fork-liftable (got tiny muscles to agree).  Thinking of putting a pretty insulation jacket around a couple of 550 G IBC stainless totes for my hot and cold water tanks. 

Just interested in other's ideas on this fascinating topic!

 

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12 hours ago, Patio29Dadio said:

nsulated poly tanks look like crap (IMHO), and again, if tall and narrow will require engineering (we have some earthquake shaking in my neck of the wood-less woods.)  And if fat and short they don't fit in my space.

By one online, add whatever bulkhead fittings you want, spray foam it yourself, and, if you feel you must, build an enclosure. On the grand scheme of things 500 is tiny. Our reservoir is 2500 gallons. It sits outside and looks like total crap. We call it the Mr. Marshmallow. 

 

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1 hour ago, Silk City Distillers said:

Zero Bulk Milk Tanks.

Not to hijack this but I have a 300 gallon insulated milk tank id be willing to sell if someone wants it.  I was planing on doing this exact thing with it but it just wont fit in my space very well.  

 

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We call it the Mr. Marshmallow.

Exactly what I don't want... a mini marshmallow!

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Zero Bulk Milk Tanks.

Interesting.  These are all horizontal tanks, right?  Probably don't have the floor space.  The stainless IBU totes are compelling because I can stack them and continue to make the case that they are forklift (non-permanent) tanks.  The building official is obsessed with any piece of equipment that isn't portable needing engineering and permits... probably adding another $4k to the cost.

However, when I look for insulation blanket for the totes, they start to look a bit like a square marshmallow... so maybe insulated poly is the answer.  Probably no way around the engineering and permit requirement.  Tiny muscles wins again!

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Looking at poly tanks online, they all appear to be rated at 120 degrees F max.  The condenser water from a stripping run will be significantly hotter than that.  Anyone else running a closed loop water system using poly for the hot liquor tank?

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Just got a quote from the good people at National Tank Outlet (yes, they work weekends!) for a 550G Food Grade Stainless IBC tote with 2" polyurethane foam with a latex mastic protective coating.   Less than $5k each.   I think two of those will do the trick... much more than poly tanks, but will stay useful equipment even if we expand in the future to need larger tanks.  I can stack these too... which saves floor space.

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+1 on the zero milk tanks , we have 2 -600 gallon ones and 1-300 gallon one , they are jacketed and built like tanks well worth the money . the place we bought them from had the 600 gallon tanks stacked much like a barrel rack , didnt have room on trailer  to buy the rack but wish i did . 

tim 

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