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Old 12-21-2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default 5 gallon cooler find....mash tun

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just got back from my local gander mountain in kalamazoo, mi. they have 5 gallon rubbermaid blue beverage coolers for $19.97ea. i just wanted to share this info, as i thought it was a good buy. AG brewing is moving closer to my grasp one piece at a time.

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Old 12-22-2009, 12:08 AM   #2
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Hate to burst your bubble, but a 5 gal. mash tun may limit your brewing some.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/mash-tun-5-10-gallon-cooler-149808/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/5-gallon-mash-tun-106786/#post1173473

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Old 12-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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yeah, i realize that now after making this post and researching some things further. i guess it was one of those spur of the moment buys, as it was about $15 cheaper than other 5gal beverage coolers locally. i am sure it will work for something else maybe camping purposes.
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:53 AM   #4
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Your five gallon tun will work just fine, I've made beer up to 1.070 with mine. Congratulations on finding such a good buy.

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Yes it may limit what you can make, but if your grain bill fits in it then use it. Less head space=better. In the future when you need to make >10% abv 5 gal batches then buy a 10 gal.

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I started out on a 5G mash tun... I assure you you can make some fantastic beers! You might not be making a big barleywine or anything. But, you can make some good normal sized beers! Now get brewing!

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It's never limited my brewing. I've rarely had a recipe that called for more than the 14 pounds of grain that it holds, I've even maxed it out grainwise and gone with a thicker mash and still been able to brew 100/% of my recipes.
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