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Old 09-25-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
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I have only brewed one extract kit, and already kicking the AG option around. (I'm hooked) I saw that igloo has a max therm 5 gallon beverage cooler (approx. $40) that has an insulated lid and supposedly keeps ice for 5 days @ 90 F. Would this be worth a look at making a MLT? How big of a grain bill would this handle if kept to 5 gal batches? Or should I just go for the 10 gal to be on the safe side?



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Old 09-25-2007, 04:23 PM   #2
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I use a 5 gal MLT. If I had to do it again I would have opted for the 10 gal.
Dont get me wrong, the 5 is perfectly usable for most brews but there are times when I am approaching the upper limits for the amount of grain I can use. I would spend the extra $$$ and get more versatility from the larger cooler



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Old 09-25-2007, 04:23 PM   #3
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Seems like lots of people use a 5 gallon cautiously but would prefer a 10 gallon.

How about the Igloo Cubes or whatever...the square ones. They are pretty cheap and plenty big.

The "MLT Geometry" only really matters if you decide to fly sparge....so, how do you plan on sparging?

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Old 09-25-2007, 05:19 PM   #4
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I would batch sparge just to keep it simple. Isn't there an issue about the cubes not having an outlet in a good location? I think they are slanted at an angle out of the bottom. Is there any problem with heat loss by not fully utilizing the 10 gal capacity? I won't be ready for a brew pot big enough for 10 gal boils until i get a new house.

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Are you trying to do 10 or 5 gallon batches?

yeah the cubes spigot is in a weird place but I think people have gotten around it...

I've got a square 24qt cooler that I drilled a hole in the side...put a a cpvc manifold in it and a peice of cpvc sticking out that i siliconed up. works fine for me!

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Old 09-25-2007, 05:39 PM   #6
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Probably only 5 (5.5) gal batches for the next year or so. I actually have a cube at home, but it serves duty as an actual cooler for camping, parties, etc.

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I won't be ready for a brew pot big enough for 10 gal boils until i get a new house.
This was the reason I asked...

I think with batch sparging your better off with a square cooler or one of those cubes (I keep coming back to them bc it's what I want ) because the Gott style round coolers are a bit pricey
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:40 PM   #8
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I too have a five gallon mlt and wish that I had gone for the 10 gallon. The five works pretty well for lower gravity batches though.

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Old 09-25-2007, 06:59 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, I think I will either look into the cube, or just go for the bigger one. I may not get to go for 10 gal batches anytime soon, but I would definitely like to try a high gravity beer.

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Old 09-25-2007, 07:05 PM   #10
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If you are batch sparging I would recommend the rectangular 48-52 quart cooler. They ought to be nicely priced this time of year. Check this page out.>> DennyBrew



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