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Old 02-23-2007, 09:47 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, that is good to know. I live in a tiny studio apartment so the small equipment is what I am preferring right now which is why I make 5 gallon batches. Glad to here the five gallon will work. Any recommendations on a good / affordable grain mill. Not the Carona mill, as I have heard some bad things about it.

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Old 02-23-2007, 09:48 PM   #12
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Why yes it is fast! I have only had it up to about 145 mph, one day may try to really get on it! I have had the bike for about a year and a half, it is my commuting bike for work. traffic out here in Cali SUCKS! But it is nice to go between teh other suckers in their cars.

And Orfy you are right 0 to off topic in under 10 posts is pretty quick, i wonder what the record is?

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Old 02-23-2007, 09:57 PM   #13
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Here's my miniature (5 gallon) version of EdWorts...

No spoon though...

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Like I said, no problem getting a 12-13 pounder out of this.

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Old 02-23-2007, 10:13 PM   #14
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You can use the same cooler for a mash/lauter tun.

Most people add a tap and a strainer/manifold.
Add the gain and mash water.
Open the tap to drain then add the sparge water to lauter.
As for size, I'll let other answers that but I think the common thought is that 5 gallon is adequate for all but the BIG OG beers and anything over 5 gallon batches.
I think Yooper Chick has just gone through this dilemma.
Yep, I did just go through this. The guys on the forum talked me into the larger one- not because the 5 gallon isn't large enough for most beers (it is!)- but because I'm not the least bit handy or mechanically inclined and the cost was really not much more for the bigger one. But, in your case, you can use the 5 gallon, and if you ever decide to upgrade to 10 gallons, you can use the 5 gallon one as your lauter tun. I went right to the 10 gallon one because I won't "outgrow" it.

I bought this one: http://morebeer.com/product_images/1/6136.jpg
But only the mashtun, not the lauter tun.
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:42 PM   #15
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Ugh here I go again. Yes you can do 5 gallons with a 5 gallon cooler. However, you will outgrow it. Guaranteed. Get the larger cooler, you're going to get it eventually anyway (yes, you are) and in the long run you are saving money by getting the big one. Ok, speech over.

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Old 02-23-2007, 10:49 PM   #16
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Ugh here I go again. Yes you can do 5 gallons with a 5 gallon cooler. However, you will outgrow it. Guaranteed. Get the larger cooler, you're going to get it eventually anyway (yes, you are) and in the long run you are saving money by getting the big one. Ok, speech over.

From what I have read and seen, almost everybody says this. I know that when I started I said I would never outgrow the extract stuff I bought and I DID! And I found some 10 gallon coolers for about the same price soo? Why not. Now I have got to work on that manifold......where is my torch!
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:54 PM   #17
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I bought the 5 gallon also, but when figuring for a 5 gallon recipe, it looked as if I needed 4.99 gallon capacity....the 5 gallons is the figure with the lid off, so there is not really 5 gallans available. Wallymart just had the 52 quart coleman 5 day coolers on sale for $15.oo. Got one of those and just did my first AG batch, mashing in the new cooler with a 20" braid. Very nice outcome.. go for the larger would be my recommendation.

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Old 02-23-2007, 11:27 PM   #18
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Well, the thing is that I have a friend who had a brand new rubbermaid cooler that he is going to GIVE ME. It is five gallons so I just wanted to see if it would work.

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Then you can't go wrong.

I use a 5 gallon Igloo and do 1060 SG brews all the time. Now I do wish I had a 10 gallon one but I'm not in the market for one just yet.

PS. I have and use a porkert mill which is the same as a corona and find nothing wrong with it.

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You don't even need a kewler kit, just get a drilled rubber bung that fits the opening where the spiget use to be, 4" of 3/8 OD copper tubing, stainless braid and a small tube clamp, about $10-$15 of stuff and your done.

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