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Old 10-27-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default Is this cooler big enough?

I'm looking at a 48 quart rectangular cooler. If my calcs are correct, if 1.3 quarts of water is needed for each pound of grain, does that mean I can mash up to 36 pound batches in this cooler?

Or am I a nut case?

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Old 10-27-2007, 05:48 PM   #2
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That's the size I have and 14 lbs of grain looks lost in it!

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Old 10-27-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
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Yes it is plenty big enough. Your calcs are wrong, however, as you did not take into consideration the volume of the grain itself.

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Please enlighten me.....how much grain would be the theoretical max?

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Probably about 30 lbs.

See: http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml (scroll down to 'Can I Mash It?')

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Old 10-29-2007, 09:22 PM   #6
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I brewed a barleywine eight days ago. The 20lb. grain bill plus water nearly filled my 48qt cooler. I could have squeezed in some more, but I wouldn't have felt very confident in my ability to stir without some overflowage.

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I brewed a barleywine eight days ago. The 20lb. grain bill plus water nearly filled my 48qt cooler. I could have squeezed in some more, but I wouldn't have felt very confident in my ability to stir without some overflowage.
At 1.25 qt/lb you should be able to mash close to 30lbs of grain in a 48qt cooler!!
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I had 27.75 lbs in mine. It was full to the top.

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