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Old 12-23-2010, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Building Mash Tun : Rectangle vs. Round

I think my next DIY homebrew project will be a cooler based mash tun. What are the pros and cons of choosing one over the other?



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Old 12-23-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/mash-tun-round-vs-square-poll-148575/
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:05 PM   #4
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I had a round one.



Now I use this rectangular Coleman xtreme.



I switched to batch sparging when I made the bigger MLT. I like it much more.

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:04 AM   #5
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I had a round one.

Now I use this rectangular Coleman xtreme.

I switched to batch sparging when I made the bigger MLT. I like it much more.
It depends on how you plan to sparge. For a fly sparge the taller narrow (round) make more sense. For a batch sparge it really doesn't matter but the rectangles are cheaper and come in larger sizes.
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My advice, read up on batch sparging. It's easy and effective. A rectangular is easier to store. They stack fairly well.

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"Now I use this rectangular Coleman xtreme."




Conroe, what kind of braid do you use in that xtreme? I like the rigidity and what seems to be an end cap.

Thanks.

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It's a PEX pipe with holes drilled in the bottom. Here it is after much abuse with the bottom of the launter device showing.

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It's a PEX pipe with holes drilled in the bottom. Here it is after much abuse with the bottom of the launter device showing.

Nice. Thanks.


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