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Old 01-23-2012, 03:21 PM   #111
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I got that one at Costco. About $70 IIRC, but it was a while back so I could be wrong.
Do u think 76lbs of grain would fit?
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if I'm unsure about tun size (i want to share 10 gallon batches with a buddy) can we both build a 5 gallon mash tun? I don't want to make a 10 gallon only to want to make 5 gallon batches later and not be able to get the gravity high enough

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Old 02-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #113
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if I'm unsure about tun size (i want to share 10 gallon batches with a buddy) can we both build a 5 gallon mash tun? I don't want to make a 10 gallon only to want to make 5 gallon batches later and not be able to get the gravity high enough
Short answer is yes. However, I use a 10gal tun for 5 gal batches every time I brew & have no problems with gravity.
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how did you get around that since the beginning table said the highest gravity for a 10 gallon was lie 1.0118 or something.

To me, the size shouldn't matter because the water to grain ratio matters more. I was just doubting the table

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how did you get around that since the beginning table said the highest gravity for a 10 gallon was lie 1.0118 or something.

To me, the size shouldn't matter because the water to grain ratio matters more. I was just doubting the table
Did you read the info above and below the pic or did u just look at the pic! Bobby_M explains it in his first post
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Do u think 76lbs of grain would fit?
Easily.
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i did read it but it was confusing. if i get a 52 qt and divide by 5 for a max OG. I get 176.8. does that mean 1.176?

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i did read it but it was confusing. if i get a 52 qt and divide by 5 for a max OG. I get 176.8. does that mean 1.176?
All the chart shows is the amount of grain that can be fit into a certain size mash tun. (How big your mash tun needs to be) Are you figuring out what your mash tun size needs to be? or do you already have a mash tun at 52 quarts.
If you already have a 52 quart mash tun the grid shows at 70%-80% those gravity numbers are possible, but that depends solely on how you mash the grain, how your grain was milled, how accurate your mash temp is, etc.
With a 52 quart mash tun and 31.2lbs of grain it is possible to reach those efficiencies, its not saying if you have a 52qt mash tun with 31.2lbs of grain you will either get 70-80% efficiency.
If someone would like to brew a 10 gallon batch of beer (with 52qt mash tun) with a gravity of 1.105 gravity reading because they know that there system of brewing brings 80% efficiency out of the grain. Then there tun would require more grain, which in fact the 52 quart would not be big enough.

What is your batch size?
What is your desired OG?

Taken from post #9 (Desired OG x Batch Size)/17 = mash tun size

For my size mash tun I took my desired OG 1.060 x batch size 30 gallons / 17
(60 x 30) /17 = 105 qt mash tun. Roughly a ~6% beer

If I want Higher gravity beer then lets say desired OG is 1.080
(80 x 30) /17 = 141 qt mash tun. Roughly a ~8.9% beer

No Worries, I just figured out the grid after I posted about How Big My Mash Tun Should Be :-)
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ok. I just picked up a 10 gallon (40 qt) cooler tonight so that's what I'm working with. I'll do 5 gallon or 10 gallon batches in that I guess.

So for a 1.050 OG for example, that's a requirement of 14 qt and 29 qt for 5 and 10 gallon respectively. Ok got it. I didn't realize you were dropping the 1.0 from the OG so my numbers were way off

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Old 03-17-2012, 05:54 AM   #120
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Looking to make my first mash tun and take the AG plunge, I did a partial mash last weekend and now I'm hooked!

I see a lot of people on this thread concerned with buying a cooler that it too small for their needs; I have the opposite problem. There is currently a great deal on Amazon for a 70qt Coleman Xtreme for $36.86 and free shipping. I'm considering this because it is actually a little cheaper that a 10 gallon round Igloo cooler and would allow me to do larger batches.

I currently do 5 gallon batches, but I'm sure I'll want to do 10gal or larger in the future. I also have never done anything with an OG of over 1.080. My question is, if I buy the 70qt rectangular Coleman, will it just be too big for 5 gallon AG brewing?

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(link to the 70qt: http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-70-Qua...=2YO763I9QYTC7)

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