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Old 12-24-2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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Is it too big for average 10 gallon recipes? Currently i have a 48qt and its to small. SWMBO picked up a 120qt cooler! Just wondering if its too big.

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Old 12-24-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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It will likely work if you preheat it well, but IMHO it is too bib and will be a hassle handling it and cleaning it due to its size. 60 or 72 qt seems a bit more reasonable to me.

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Old 12-24-2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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Ya i was looking at the 70qt extreme. She was just trying to be helpful.

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Maybe she is just hinting that you need to brew BIGGER!!!

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There is no need to preheat. Just adjust your water T to compensate. The larger the cooler the lower the surface area to volume ratio, so it won't be much different from your 48qt. I went from a 52qt to a 120qt and do 10G batches in it all the time. 25lbs grain and I use 1.5qt per lb. 175F water brings me 10 152F.

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Old 12-24-2009, 07:27 PM   #6
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I have a 120 that I use for large grain bill recipes, but don't use it for my normal brews. Seems like it would work I just don't have the temp loss dialed in for smaller brews. Should work fine though.

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It will work if you batch sparge. Fly sparging such a thin grain bed would not work well.

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Yes i batch sparge so with a few posts advocating it, i think i'll keep it so as to not hurt her feelings. If i find it isn't working as well as i'd like i'll just get a smaller one.

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Never tell her it isn't perfect. When we married my bride bought me a Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 Magnum. I traded it off because that miserable squared off trigger guard kept bruising my knuckle. She never bought another gun for me - aftershave and GD ties from then on.

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Never tell her it isn't perfect. When we married my bride bought me a Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 Magnum. I traded it off because that miserable squared off trigger guard kept bruising my knuckle. She never bought another gun for me - aftershave and GD ties from then on.
Good advice, from a very wise man.....
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