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Old 01-05-2006, 10:21 PM   #11
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I came into a friend's AG brewing session mid-way recently and he was just entering the sparging stage... I think. I could see into the mid-level cooler and it looked like he had the grain (and water) in there and was sprinkling hot water over it. So I'm curious - what goes into the top container of the three-tier system? Is it just full of hot water? Are the contents different at each level if you're using converted kegs and burners?

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Old 01-06-2006, 01:20 AM   #12
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I use a 50qt colman extreem cooler with a coverted keg (if you do this route GET THE HOP STOPPER! from dennis aka tnlandsailor). I got the cooler on a after labor day sale for $6 so it is nice, follow crusenews' instructions for el'cheapo mash tun. I have mashed 28 lbs of grain with out trouble( I do 10 gal batches...5 for bottle 5 for keg). I use a 30qt stock pot to heat water for striking and sparging so it is easier. Just get more than one bottle of propane, YOU WILL RUN OUIck in the middle of a boil.hehehe

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Old 01-06-2006, 01:13 PM   #13
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I came into a friend's AG brewing session mid-way recently and he was just entering the sparging stage... I think. I could see into the mid-level cooler and it looked like he had the grain (and water) in there and was sprinkling hot water over it. So I'm curious - what goes into the top container of the three-tier system? Is it just full of hot water? Are the contents different at each level if you're using converted kegs and burners?
the top kettle is a Hot Liquor Tank (HLT). i just use mine to heat my sparge water. once the mash has finished it's saccharification rest for 60 minutes, and i'm ready to "rinse" the grain bed w/ about 170-175 degree water in the mash/lauter tun (middle kettle), i start the sparge ring a going. you'll want to keep about and 1" or so of sparge water above the top of the grain bed as you sparge/lauter into the brew kettle (bottom level kettle).
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Old 01-08-2006, 11:10 PM   #14
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i was told by alot of stores and coprate office not to buy the newRubbermaid/Igloo cooler because the inside liner of the new liners will warp and after 5 to 10 times of use it will warp and crack the liner if anyone out theere is using these new coolers not the old ones please tell what kind of condition it is in that would be great and if you can includ how long you have had it and how many times you have used that would be great thank alot

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Old 01-08-2006, 11:20 PM   #15
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i was told by alot of stores and coprate office not to buy the newRubbermaid/Igloo cooler because the inside liner of the new liners will warp and after 5 to 10 times of use it will warp and crack the liner if anyone out theere is using these new coolers not the old ones please tell what kind of condition it is in that would be great and if you can includ how long you have had it and how many times you have used that would be great thank alot
I hope not. I just bought one this morning, and was planning on christening it on Wednesday. How do you tell a new one from an old one? Mine looks the same as the old one that I have been using for several years without any problem. (At least, no problems related to the cooler )

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Old 01-08-2006, 11:46 PM   #16
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i was told by alot of stores and coprate office not to buy the newRubbermaid/Igloo cooler because the inside liner of the new liners will warp and after 5 to 10 times of use it will warp and crack the liner if anyone out theere is using these new coolers not the old ones please tell what kind of condition it is in that would be great and if you can includ how long you have had it and how many times you have used that would be great thank alot
I've used my Igloo Maxcold about 10 times and it is definitely warping, but no cracks yet. If/when it cracks, I'm upgrading to a rectangular cooler so I can do 10 gallon batches or bigger beers.

FWIW, even though it is warped, It isn't somethng I am concerned with. It still holds temperatures fine.
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In theory I believe a wide rectangular verses a round deep cooler for a lauter/mash tun will yield better results. I base this on that commercial tuns are kept wide to keep the grain bed shallow increasing the surface area for better efficiency and ease of sparging. This may be a minimal concern for a home brewer but if I can find a 10 gallon stainless kettle that resembles a tuna can it will be my next lauter tun. I will have to agree that whatever kettle and/or cooler you choose, it needs to be 10 gallons. The only exception might be the hot liquor tank which a 5 gallon vessel should satisfy 99% of your needs.

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... Rubbermaid/Igloo cooler because the inside liner of the new liners will warp and after 5 to 10 times of use it will warp and crack ...
My mash tun is a rectangular Rubbermaid. I'd had it for 3-4 years and converted it to a mash tun last Summer. I noticed after my last brew session that the inside liner was starting to warp.

So, yep - I'm thinking I may be looking at converting another, more durable cooler in the future. I'll still be looking at another rectangular picnic cooler, because I really like my current set up!

Would this be the mother of all rectangular mash tun coolers?
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:05 AM   #20
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Yep, that's the cooler I use for 10-gal batches. SWMBO bought it for me for my B-day (and I never even hinted at it) what a great gift. I have mashed 29# of grist in it without incident.
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