Please take the time to picture this in your head: On an electric
stove sits a 5 gallon (20liter) aluminum pressure cooker- with a
thermometer sticking out where the safety blow out plug normally is.
The pressure gauge is still on, but where the little round weight
would go (on the 1/4 inch barb-like projection) there is a short
length of plastic tubing hose clamped onto it. On the other end of
this 3 inch piece of tubing is inserted a length of 1/4 inch copper
tubing (and hose clamped in place). This tubing then leads over and
down into a 1 gallon container, where it goes through the lid and
down to the bottom of it, where 1 quart of mash is placed. On the 1
gallon "thumper's" lid is another length of copper tubing leading
over to even more 1/4inch copper tubing (about 20 feet) coiled in a 5
gallon plastic bucket filled with cold water, to work as a condenser.
So far, I have ruled out a glass mason jar (too likely to break from
the heat), a smaller pressure cooker (expensive), a coffee can (cheap
metal, and the taste would get into everything), a 4 liter boiling
vessel from a lab (expensive, and thanks to methamphetamine labs, now
illegal to own without permission from the government), and a
regular kitchen pot (to hard to seal up totally). The question I do
pose to the good people of this e-group is: What would you use for a
1 gallon thumper in this situation? Any ideas would be helpfull.
Thanks in advance.