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Old 08-14-2008, 10:16 PM   #1
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I found a 7 gallon cooler at walmart for $20 on sale. I found a link online to the same cooler. I'm just getting started in all grain, so I need to go ahead and make a mashtun. I do mostly 5-5.5 gallon batches.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=7999982

Also I know basically how to make a mash tun, but if anyone has any recommendations, tips, links please go ahead and post them.

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Well, if a 5 gallon is big enough I would think you'd be fine with a 7 gallon.

Here's the thread you'll need to do the conversion:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...ght=cheap+mash

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yep, that'll work

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If you want to brew higher OG beer styles, or if you want to make a 10 gallon batch you may consider going larger. My 10 gallon MLT was very full when I made my 5-gallon batch of Imperial IPA. But for regular gravity beers you should be fine.

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Kilted, thanks a ton man for that link its very helpful. The reason I still asked about that cooler is because some people recommend a 10 gallon even for 5 gallon batches. I wanted to hear some feedback on what people recommended for a new all grain brewer.

Death, excellent man thanks very much for the feedback.

Brian, Thanks for the feedback bro. I'll check the prices on 10 gallon coolers next time I go to the store. I would like to be able to brew a few high gravity beers.

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http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

This will give you a guess at what you would be able to fit into a 7 gallon MLT. Using a 15# grain bill and a 1.3 lb/qt you would need a little more then 6 gallons, so you should be fine. +1 on need it bigger to do bigger beers, but if you don't have a big enough brew pot it is a pain to do big beers anyway.
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for 5 gallon batches (even big ones) i have never filled my 10 gallon cooler. i think 7 gallons will work for just about any beer. for bigger beers you just may have to do a thicker mash.

fyi: the 10 gallon is only $20 more. here is where i bought mine (online):

IGLOO 10 Gal Seat Top Cooler Dispenser from Target

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I have a 10 gallon and I sometimes wish I went with the 7, because of the amount of dead-space. 15lb is a pretty big grain bill. Most of my brews (including porters and stouts) max out at ~12lb.

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ACE is another option for the 10 gallon. It's $3 - $4 more then the Target price, but you can have it shipped to a local ACE for free if that's an option for you.

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ACE is another option for the 10 gallon. It's $3 - $4 more then the Target price, but you can have it shipped to a local ACE for free if that's an option for you.
That's how I got mine. It worked out great!
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