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Old 10-14-2009, 01:20 AM   #1
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I plan on going all grain, and I had created a Mash tun from a 70 quart Coleman Xtreme a couple years ago that has been sitting in my closet now.

My question is...for 5 gallon...(total 6.5 gallon of wort before boil) batches is this too large? I may end up doing 10 gallon batches down the road, so I'd like to have the flexibility...but am worried about there being too much head space.

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Old 10-14-2009, 02:16 AM   #2
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:49 AM   #3
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Very nice. =) Thank You.

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Old 10-14-2009, 03:06 AM   #4
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It's fine as long as you batch sparge. Fly sparging such a small volume in that cooler will likely not work well.

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Old 10-14-2009, 03:16 AM   #5
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My 5-6gal batches have been totally doable, convenient and effective in this cooler.
You may not want to add water that is too much more than 185*F as my xstream seems to have warped during my first AG attempts with the use of 190*+ 'preheat' water. Still works though.

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Old 10-14-2009, 03:29 AM   #6
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FYI, http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-...-needs-123585/

Edit, hey go me! I answered the exact opposite of your question! sorry, I think i need more beer

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Old 10-14-2009, 04:28 AM   #7
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I plan on going all grain, and I had created a Mash tun from a 70 quart Coleman Xtreme a couple years ago that has been sitting in my closet now.

My question is...for 5 gallon...(total 6.5 gallon of wort before boil) batches is this too large? I may end up doing 10 gallon batches down the road, so I'd like to have the flexibility...but am worried about there being too much head space.
No way, I use one for 5-7 gallon batches all the time. It rocks. And you can ramp it up to 12 gallon batches really easily.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:09 AM   #8
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Nope, I have that exact same cooler and I've made 5 gallon batches in it just fine. I also make 10 gallon batches in it too.

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Old 10-14-2009, 11:32 AM   #9
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I use one, batch sparge, never a problem and I like it becuase the total cost was dirt cheap compared to other options.
As Yuri pointed out, the bed may be a little thin to effectively fly sparge on a low gravity 5 gallon batch.

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Old 10-14-2009, 12:26 PM   #10
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Man you guys are awesome. I plan on batch sparging..so this is fantastic news!

I currently have a cpvc manifold in it now....one that I'm not entirely happy with...do you guys recommend a stainless steel braid for this one?

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