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Old 05-26-2012, 04:12 PM   #141
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I have a similar question. New to brewing, have done 4 extract kits. Now interested in all grain. Just purchased a Coleman Extreme 70 quart cooler. Is that over kill? I only have a 5 gallon set up. But just did an imperial and love it!
Once I got my game together and developed some favorite recipes, I wanted to do 10gal brews of those. If you foresee a similar path, you'll be very happy you went big!
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:04 PM   #142
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Ok, thanks I think I will keep it. Any suggestions for a first time all grain?

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Old 05-26-2012, 09:02 PM   #143
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Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde. Simple grain bill, straightforward mash, fantastic beer. Check the recipe section.

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Old 05-26-2012, 10:51 PM   #144
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I have a similar question. New to brewing, have done 4 extract kits. Now interested in all grain. Just purchased a Coleman Extreme 70 quart cooler. Is that over kill? I only have a 5 gallon set up. But just did an imperial and love it!
Give it a try with 5 gallons.
I'm going to mash 10 gallons in the 150qt and see what it does. I'd like to just get one mash tun that will do 10-30 gallons
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:39 PM   #145
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Testing out the 150qt cooler Saturday on 30 gallon batch of Cream of Three Crops- BierMuncher!!

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Old 08-21-2012, 05:20 PM   #146
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So just to clarify, from the Bobby's very first post, real quick before i make a purchase, a 10gallon round cooler would probably be the best option for me as I personally don't drink huge bears like barleywine all the time, so will probably rarely (if ever) brew them, and I will be brewing 5 gallon batches 80% of the time. the LARGEST 10 gallon batch i can brew is a 1.060 beer.

is this noob understanding correctly?

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Just for example, a 10 gallon mash tun can do 5 gallons of 1.118 barleywine (~11% ABV) and 10 gallon batches of 1.060 IPA (~6% ABV). I personally think something in the 50-60qt range is most flexible in that regard if you don't mind a square/rectangular cooler./QUOTE]

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Old 08-21-2012, 05:33 PM   #147
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I think rectangular coolers are much easier to use, but it's your choice.

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I think rectangular coolers are much easier to use, but it's your choice.
reason being?
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also, does this chart/information factor in the volume dispersion of a false bottom or a manifold? i really would prefer a round cooler because i think it will hold temps better just based on the physics of it, BUT....a false bottom in a 10 gallon cooler will take up some room......is that accounted for in this chart?

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reason being?
Larger opening. Easier to stir and clean.
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