Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks > Square or round cooler better for MLT?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-03-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
RJSkypala
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 239
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Square or round cooler better for MLT?

Hello all,

I am about to build an MLT from a cooler. I was curious as to whether there is any advantage to using one shape over another or if it will make no difference. The tutorial for the round cooler on this site is wonderful, but it might be easier/cheaper for me to get a square, nonetheless easy/will not weight into the decision, only what is the better method.

thanks
RJ

__________________
RJSkypala is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2008, 11:38 AM   #2
Kauai_Kahuna
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 2,276
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Being a N00b, I would first say that it depends on if your batch or fly sparging. I went with a igloo 52qt? cube that may work either way but I'm still trying to figure what I'm doing and doing batch sparging so it does not really matter.
Stay tune for people who know what their talking about.

__________________

---
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

Kauai_Kahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2008, 11:48 AM   #3
Flyin' Lion
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Flyin' Lion's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chester, VA
Posts: 1,972
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Being homebrewers, the better one is usually the cheaper one. Aside from that, the better one is the one that is more easily converted.

EDIT: read up on this thread for some excellent ideas: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=23008

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ohiobrewtus
John Madden has officially been put on suicide watch with the annoucement of Favre's retirement.
Flyin' Lion is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-04-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
squiggy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Shelton/Olympia WA
Posts: 32
Default I like my square cooler

I use a square cooler the size and shape work well for me (60 qt ice cube) I have played with batch sparging but am a fly sparger. I use a SS braid manafold. here are some pics


__________________
squiggy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-04-2008, 05:12 PM   #5
SporkD2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 748
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

+1 on whatever is cheapest. I bought a coleman 70qt extreme cooler and it works great. Its also suited for huge grain bills should I ever decide to do one. Got it for $30 at walmart.

__________________
SporkD2 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2008, 04:26 PM   #6
FlyGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
FlyGuy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 3,618
Liked 136 Times on 42 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

If you are batch sparging, the shape of the cooler doesn't really matter much. I went with round coolers and like them for the following reasons (although I wouldn't hesitate to use a rectangular one in the future):
- round beverage coolers were designed for maintaining hot or cold temps (some rectangular ones are only designed for cold temps)
- when filled, the surface area of the exposed grainbed is relatively smaller in a tall, round cooler than a long, rectangular cooler, meaning less heat loss when you open the lid (and less chance of grainbed oxidation, if you subscribe to that obscure theory)
- stirring may be easier in a round cooler because there are no corners for grain to get 'stuck' in
- if you ever decide to switch to fly sparging, it is really easy to find commercial sparge arms or false bottoms that you can just plop into a round cooler
- tall, round beverage coolers fit a carboy or corny keg really well, making them good for other purposes, such as a lagerator or keg chiller
- my turkey fryer pot nests nicely inside my round cooler, and my chiller nests inside the pot, making for efficient storage

Note that none of these reasons above are really limiting -- they are only small advantages. Also note that there may be some advantages to rectangular coolers that I never mentioned (e.g., lower price is a BIG one).

FlyGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2008, 08:48 PM   #7
RichBrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RichBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,767
Liked 85 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 77

Default

The main reason I like my round 10 gallon cooler is that I get a deeper grain bed which makes for better filtering of the wort. As said, this probably isn't an issue for batch sparging.

__________________

Cheers,
Rich

RichBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-06-2008, 10:45 PM   #8
FSR402
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
FSR402's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jenison, MI
Posts: 2,882
Liked 16 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I went with a rectangular cooler (80qt) because the round ones are to small. I do both batch and fly depending on how much time I have. If your manifold is built right it wont matter.

__________________
TWO FISTED BREWING CO.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_cad View Post
Its nice when you and your friends have comparable equipment.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walker-san View Post
some people will tap anything that has a hole.
Buy Two Fisted Brewing gear
FSR402 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-07-2008, 04:50 PM   #9
TimBrewz
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
TimBrewz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 630
Liked 36 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

+1 on the round cylinders. I have a 5 and 10 gal Rubbermaid MLT and I get 80+% efficiency (batch sparging)and I can fly or batch sparge. The 5 gal only cost 20 bucks and the conversion stuff was another $15. Finally, I have used the 10 gallon as a corny keg cooler at parties and it did fine.

That said- I've never used anything else

__________________
TimBrewz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2008, 12:00 AM   #10
RJSkypala
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 239
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Thanks for the tip. By the way, Home Depot seems to have a good price on those 10gal round coolers, 39.99. This was the best price I could find around town, just finished putting together my MLT and I am excited to begin, AG brewing.

RJ

__________________
RJSkypala is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
15 gal round cooler? Grimsawyer Equipment/Sanitation 12 11-14-2010 11:19 PM
Round or square manifold? Buffman Equipment/Sanitation 6 05-19-2009 07:35 PM
Round Vs. Square Cooler for Mash Tun blefferd Equipment/Sanitation 18 03-30-2007 01:02 AM
48 Qt rectangular cooler Vs 5 gal round cooler davidkrau All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 18 03-06-2006 03:34 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS