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Old 04-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Has anyone used the blue and white 10 gallon Igloo drink cooler from Lowes instead of the normal red/yellow Igloo? I know the lid looks like it is a little different design, but I don't know if there are any differences other than that. The reason I am asking is because the one at Lowes is remarkably cheaper than the red/yellow one you see everywhere else. I'm just starting to set up a system for my first brew (all grain), and don't want to make any stupid mistakes on my first purchases........I'm sure I will make enough stupid, rookie mistakes while brewing!!

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Old 04-01-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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For what its worth, I use to use the 5 gallon version with no problems.

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Old 04-01-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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I have a blue/white 5 gallon igloo cooler that was given to me by a coworker.

I have no idea where he got it, but it works just fine.

I have done several batches in it and had absolutely no problems, as a matter of fact I have been consistently in the 75% efficiency on last 4 batches.

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How much cheaper is it? Maybe ill go that way also.

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I believe it is about $47....that's considerably cheaper than I see the red/yellow one other places. Are you guys using the 5 gallon cooler for 5 gallon batches? I was thinking it would be better to go with the 10 gallon even though I am planning on doing 5 gallon batches at the most. I might be doing some 2.5 gallon batches since I am the only one drinking beer at my house.

As I mentioned, I am a complete noobie to this, so any advice would be well received. I plan on going with a 10 or 16 gallon Bayou Classic brew kettle (with a spigot) and either a Bayou Classic banjo burner or a Blichmann......possibly also a cheaper kettle (or another Bayou Classic) for the HLT with a cheaper burner since I will only need to achieve/maintain 170 degrees on that one and won't need to achieve a rolling boil. Planning on building a cheap, wooden three tier system to start off with. Comments or advice??

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I use mine for average gravity 5 gal batches.

Anything over 1.060 start gravity is too much grain for the 5 gal cooler.
So eventually you will be like me and be looking for 10 gal cooler (or larger)

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I'm new also.


Was thinking of this kit. Not sure if anyone has used it. I really like the sparge top. I may buy that anyway. You can also just get the kit and buy coolers on your own.

http://www.homebrewstuff.com/5-gallon-mash-tun-with-hlt-parts-kit.html

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I'm new also.


Was thinking of this kit. Not sure if anyone has used it. I really like the sparge top. I may buy that anyway. You can also just get the kit and buy coolers on your own.

http://www.homebrewstuff.com/5-gallon-mash-tun-with-hlt-parts-kit.html
I like the looks of the set-up, but I'm not sure about the valves. They mention that they just push or press in? Would have to look at it to see if I had faith in those.
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That's the cooler I use. I did my own conversion: male to male fitting with a ball valve one on side and a washer and nut on the other. I loose about 1-2 deg during a 1 hour mash. I'm happy with it.

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Yeah. I just emailed them and they said the fittings are plastic. I don't like that.

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