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A 24 qt will do "most" 5 gal. batches. For larger grain bills you can sparge twice. A little more time and effort but it will work! The extra 4 qt will help compared to a 5 gal. 20 qt. cooler. The 48 qt. might be a better choice though if larger brews are forecasted. If your lookin to do this on the cheap, I would suggest not even using a valve. All you do is drill a hole at the bottom level of the cooler that is a 1/16" smaller than the tubing. Then make a long (3-4") diagonal slice in the end of the tubing so it is tapered and will start through the hole in the cooler. Just push the tubing partially through the hole and then grab it on the inside w/ pliers and pull it through. Trim the tubing square, and hose clamp or zip tie a lenghth of braid on the end of the tubing and you are all set. Just wire or attach a small clamp for the tubing to the top of the cooler during the mash, and lower the tube to empty.
Works fine...simple and cheap!
Last edited by wilserbrewer; 03-08-2008 at 11:11 PM.