Winner drawn in the Spike Brewing Giveaway - 24 hours to Claim!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > RIM and/or HERMS with Cooler as MLT
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-16-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Posts: 4
Likes Given: 2

Default RIM and/or HERMS with Cooler as MLT

So I have an 10 gallon igloo cooler for my MLT using a domed FB. I want to add either a RIM tube or HERMs to control temps and recirculate. Should I also upgrade the MLT to a SS kettle or Keggle? I don't see many people using cooler MLTs in their HERMs or RIMs builds. Is there a compelling reason to go to a SS vessel? Seems to me that the insulation of the cooler would help to keep grain at the proper temperature and therefore require less heating.

danapsimer is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-16-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
processhead's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 726
Liked 113 Times on 88 Posts
Likes Given: 5


I have been using a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cylindrical cooler for a MLT with my RIMS for about 5-6 years now.

It works great and have no desire to change to anything else.

If you ever thought of doing something larger than 10 gallon batches, then maybe look at something else.


How hard can it be?

processhead is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-16-2013, 09:02 PM   #3
Ale's What Cures You!
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Yooper's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Gulf Coast, Winter Texan
Posts: 63,863
Liked 5317 Times on 3829 Posts
Likes Given: 1227


I used a cooler for my MLT in my HERMS for a long time. I still use it occasionally, but when I went to bigger batches I needed a bigger MLT and that's the only reason I went with a stainless keg instead of my Igloo cooler.

Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Vote for me for the AHA Governing Committee- Lorena Evans

Follow me on facebook:
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
Yooper is online now
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HERMS Coil used for cooler? 72Chevelle Equipment/Sanitation 9 03-13-2013 02:39 AM
HERMS with Cooler MLT? tator2k General Techniques 5 03-28-2012 03:08 AM
HERMS coil mounting in a cooler? kerklein2 Brew Stands 8 01-29-2012 04:24 PM
E-herms with a cooler mashtun nyer Equipment/Sanitation 1 03-14-2011 04:46 PM
E Herms Cooler set up? BrewBarron Equipment/Sanitation 2 03-01-2010 06:24 PM

Newest Threads