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Old 06-04-2012, 02:24 AM   #1
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I want to upgrade my mash/lauter tun. I am currently using a plastic bucket wrapped in a blanket and it doesn't have the best temperature stability. I am thinking of either doing a 10 gallon cooler conversion or a RIMS tube. Does anyone have any input?

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Old 06-04-2012, 05:35 AM   #2
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I'm a gadget guy and love the idea of a direct fired RIMS system but for money reasons went with this - not as much bling factor but works awesome and I lose 0 degrees over an hour mash. 10 gal Rubbermaid cooler with an 11 gal Bayou Classic pot liner.

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Old 06-04-2012, 02:47 PM   #3
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That is awesome!!!

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I have a cooler with a RIMS. Overkill? Maybe, but it is nice having complete control of it, and makes step mashes a breeze. I just bought 3 20 gallon kettles and will be switching to a direct fired MLT with RIMS. Why? Who knows, thats just how I roll.

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I'm a gadget guy and love the idea of a direct fired RIMS system but for money reasons went with this - not as much bling factor but works awesome and I lose 0 degrees over an hour mash. 10 gal Rubbermaid cooler with an 11 gal Bayou Classic pot liner.
That's pretty slick, what kind of modifications if any were required to make the kettle fit?

Is it a snug or loose fit?


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Old 06-04-2012, 06:50 PM   #6
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I have a cooler with a RIMS. Overkill? Maybe, but it is nice having complete control of it, and makes step mashes a breeze. I just bought 3 20 gallon kettles and will be switching to a direct fired MLT with RIMS. Why? Who knows, thats just how I roll.
I think this might be the approach I take. I like the ability to have complete control of the temperature.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:51 AM   #7
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That's pretty slick, what kind of modifications if any were required to make the kettle fit?

Is it a snug or loose fit?


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It fits snug - required shaving down the inside of the cooler and a few other mods. Here's a link to the thread that I got the idea from:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/my-new-mash-tun-268370/
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How far down did you cut the threaded portion of the cooler off? I want to try this but I little nervous about diving into it.

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How far down did you cut the threaded portion of the cooler off? I want to try this but I little nervous about diving into it.
Check out the photos is the thread, you'll see it's right at the step. The hieght is just right for the ss pot and it leaves you with the hard cooler plastic across the top.
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Check out the photos is the thread, you'll see it's right at the step. The hieght is just right for the ss pot and it leaves you with the hard cooler plastic across the top.
Thanks, that's what it looked like but figured I'd ask.
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