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Old 02-11-2009, 04:15 AM   #1
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Default 60 qt igloo ice cube MLT

did a search but all the topics regarding this cooler were somewhat old...

picked it up today for $26 at wal-mart being i couldn't find anything at the size and narrower dimensions for any cheaper.

wondering who uses/has used this cooler for an MLT; and what everyone thinks. noticed the pre-installed spigot is at an angle and think i've managed to to maybe leave half a quart at the bottom. just might have to get a larger nipple to make it more water-tight.

also posted this in DIY, i will keep my eyes on both.

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I had one on my last brewery and liked it a lot. I removed the wheels and used the axle to make a tippy-dump style MLT. My stand was a Gorilla Rack boltless rack system.

Rather than deal with the odd angles, i just drilled a new hole through the side for the valve. I just left the drain in place and never messed with it.

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Derrin - I love the tippy idea! thanks!!

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I use this cooler as my MLT & find that it does not maintain mash temp. very well even when pre-heated. Anyone else have this issue?

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Old 02-11-2009, 02:58 PM   #5
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I use this cooler as my MLT & find that it does not maintain mash temp. very well even when pre-heated. Anyone else have this issue?
Agreed. I use a 60qt as well. I have had no problem holding mash temp for my 10 gal batch, but as soon as i went to a 5gal batch, I had all sorts of cooling issues over the hr mash the first time i tried it. The second 5 gal batch mashed in it got a layer of tin foil on top of the grains. That really helped maintain temps for a smaller mash volume.

a 60 qt cooler, no matter the shape, has a heck of a lot of deadspace when mashing for a 5 gal batch. I'm sure that's the issue.
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I have a similar igloo cooler that I tried to use for an HLT. These things are poorly insulated and you'll be struggling to maintain mash temperature without some insulation.

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think i might return it and pay the premium for a rubbermaid 10 gallon...

BUMMER!

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My last 5gal batch (brewed yesterday) was mashed in the Igloo (60qt). I preheated it and added a layer of plastic wrap over the mash after dough in. I lost only 2 degrees over the 65min mash as oppsed to the double digit losses I experienced before.

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With Igloo I think you should probably stay with their MaxiCold stuff. It will hold temps, the rest can be iffy.

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just in case anyone else still has problems with their igloo holding temps, here's what i did to mine and it works like a charm now. haven't lost a degree in the last two 5 gallon AG batches. i know it would cost the same to just buy a nicer cooler, but i had a gift certificate from lowe's, so I just thought the reflective insulation was worth a try. plus, i'd already done all the drilling, made the manifold, etc on the cooler and didn't want to go through it again... anyway, here's a shot of it:



i also use a fitted piece of 1" foamboard insulation to sit atop the mash to help hold the heat in. i used only that before, it helped, but it all clicked once i added the reflective insulation.

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