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Old 12-06-2012, 03:19 PM   #11
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HERE are some pic's of my MT. It's and Igloo 25 qt.. which is a bit more than 5 gallon.. I'd go with the 25 qt if I had to do it over. I'm only doing 2.5-3 gallon batches now.. and it's perfect. This particular marine cooler didn't have a spigot.. so I had to drill it out using a ruler to get the height I wanted above the bottom. I used CPVC fittings to make the manifold but had to grind material off both ends of the 45* elbow to make everything lie flat on the bottom.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:17 AM   #12
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14 lbs is the most I have crammed into my Rubbermaid 5 gal MT. The mash was like oatmeal - pretty thick, not great for effiency. I got a bigger MT for anything over 13 lbs and use both, but hey - with my setup a typical 13 lb mash gets me an OG around 1.065 or about 7% abv with an FG of .012.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:37 AM   #13
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If a 5 gallon MLT doesn't look like this, you are doing it wrong.

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That's why I went with the 25 qt vs the 5g size.

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If a 5 gallon MLT doesn't look like this, you are doing it wrong.
What, no FWH?

I typically max my grainbill at 11#. I usually get around 1.055 SG. I am going to build a rig sometime soon so a larger cooler is not in the plan. If I had it to do over, I would have bought a 10gal so as to prevent over sparging. If it is a higher ABV you want, do as others suggested and add some DME or sugar towards the end of your boil.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:36 AM   #16
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Best way to go when I made mine... Except my local grocer had them for $17!
http://www.walmart.com/ip/16437961?a...l5=pla&veh=sem

Especially when the Igloo 5 gals are way over priced!

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That's why I went with the 25 qt vs the 5g size.
I have a 10 gallon waiting on me to buy some parts.
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What, no FWH?

I typically max my grainbill at 11#. I usually get around 1.055 SG. I am going to build a rig sometime soon so a larger cooler is not in the plan. If I had it to do over, I would have bought a 10gal so as to prevent over sparging. If it is a higher ABV you want, do as others suggested and add some DME or sugar towards the end of your boil.
I have first wort hopped in the kettle but never mash hopped. I have added sugar and honey at the end of primary, but normally don't keep much dme on hand. I need to change that.
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I used to use a 5g Rubbermaid MLT with false bottom. Biggest beer I ever made in it was 13.5 lbs grain, mashed at 1 qt / lb, and it still left some head room for a mash out (enough to increase my efficiency, but not enough to raise the temperature up to 170).
I fly sparge, and it used to take about 90 minutes to sparge enough for a 5g batch with an OG of 1.075.
I never found it necessary to reduce the batch size because I never wanted to brew a bigger beer, but that would certainly work.

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Best way to go when I made mine... Except my local grocer had them for $17!
http://www.walmart.com/ip/16437961?a...l5=pla&veh=sem

Especially when the Igloo 5 gals are way over priced!
Got my 5 gallon Igloo Maxcold for $4 at a garage sale. That's why I didn't mind spending another $42 for a 10 gallon Igloo commercial beverage cooler and converting it. If I brew a small to medium beer, I'll still use the 5 gallon.
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I have a 10 gallon waiting on me to buy some parts.

I have first wort hopped in the kettle but never mash hopped. I have added sugar and honey at the end of primary, but normally don't keep much dme on hand. I need to change that.
I usually use a hop schedule that includes FWH. Helps to keep some hop matter out of the wort. I just opened a bottle of my Xmas honey brown. The honey really helped boost the the abv.
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