Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > How many coolers are needed for all grain?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-29-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
trainfever
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Philly
Posts: 227
Default How many coolers are needed for all grain?

I eventually would like to go all grain but not ready yet. I am confused though because all of the set ups I have seen, they all had two coolers converted into mash and lauter tuns. Now I just watched Yuris videos and he only has one cooler. I dont understand what the two coolers are for. So how many are needed? What is the second cooler for? I have a ten gallon Igloo cooler but have been waiting to pick up a second one.

__________________

Yes, I am out of my mind, it's dark and scary in there.

trainfever is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-29-2008, 11:54 PM   #2
Parker36
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Lesotho
Posts: 4,775
Liked 22 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Depends on the setup. I use only one cooler and two pots. I bring my water up to strike temp in one pot, use the cooler as an MLT, and then drain the cooler into pot #3 for boil.

__________________
Parker36 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 12:01 AM   #3
jmulligan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jmulligan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Odenton, MD
Posts: 1,638
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

+1 for one cooler, two pots.

__________________
jmulligan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 12:01 AM   #4
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 22,021
Liked 980 Times on 654 Posts
Likes Given: 28

Default

You don't need ANY coolers for all grain. You can mash in any vessel but to answer your question, when you see two cooler, one is used as a mash/lauter tun and the other is a HLT (hot liquor tank). This second cooler is only needed if you FLY sparge because you need to keep your hot water up to temp for a good 50-60 minutes.

You can get away with one pot and one cooler though. Read my all grain primer.

__________________
BrewHardware.com
Sightglass, Refractometer, Ball Valve, Weldless bulkhead, Thermometer, Decals, Stainless Steel Fittings, Compression Fittings, Camlock Quick Disconnects, Scale, RIMS tube, Plate Chiller, Chugger Pump, Super Clear Silicone Tubing, and more!

New Stuff?
Bobby_M is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 12:01 AM   #5
trainfever
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Philly
Posts: 227
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Parker36 View Post
Depends on the setup. I use only one cooler and two pots. I bring my water up to strike temp in one pot, use the cooler as an MLT, and then drain the cooler into pot #3 for boil.
What is the difference in set ups? Where does your third pot come in at? You stated that you only use one cooler and two pots?

I started with extract kits on the stove with a 12 qt pot. I then bought a 28 qt. turkey fryer with one burner. I had the 10 gal cooler just sitting in my garage. How much more equipment would I need to go all grain? I know I have to convert the cooler some how but not sure if I need another cooler.
__________________

Yes, I am out of my mind, it's dark and scary in there.

trainfever is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 12:01 AM   #6
JoMarky
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 363
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thats what I do as well. 2 pots, 1 cooler.

Edit: Heat mashing water to temp, throw it in the cooler, add grain. In second pot, heat sparge water. Drain cooler into 1st pot and begin heating to boil. Add sparge water from second pot to cooler, drain into 1st pot. Thats how I all grain.

I also highly recommend the stainless steel braid route for converting your cooler. Its the only method I've used but I can crush my grain to practically flour and never have an issue with a stuck sparge.

__________________

Last edited by JoMarky; 10-30-2008 at 12:07 AM.
JoMarky is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 12:07 AM   #7
niquejim
Burrowing Owl Brewery
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
niquejim's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Cape Coral Florida
Posts: 2,391
Liked 43 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 87

Default

Denny is the original batch sparger, so read his site
dennybrew

__________________
niquejim is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 01:12 AM   #8
Brew-boy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Brew-boy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Lapeer, Michigan
Posts: 2,415
Liked 13 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

1 cooler 1 keg and 1 pot for me.

__________________
Next:Smoked Pilsner.
Primary:Belgian Red, American Stout w/Roeselare
On Tap:Pale Ale, English Bitter
Aging: Imperial Oatmeal Stout on Vanilla beans.

I rather owe you a dollar than cheat you out of it.."Dad"

http://lapeerareabrewers.com/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LapeerAreaBrewers/
Brew-boy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 01:42 AM   #9
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 42,834
Liked 2771 Times on 2720 Posts
Likes Given: 120

Default

I am switching to 2 coolers 1 Keg.
1 Cooler with a Heating Element for HLT
1 Cooloer with SS Braid and Ball Valve for MLT
1 Keg for Boil

Basically you can have any equipment you want to allow you to heat water, then hold grain at a consistent temp, then boil the wort. Those are teh 3 basic steps of AG brewing.
I would read alot more on here before buying equipment. You may think one way looks awesome, but then realize it's really not for you.
I always thought the 3 keg single tiers looked like the Bees Knees, but Not after doing a couple AG batches I know what I would prefer. And it's definitely not 3 heated kegs (100% personal preference). Lots of the elitists on here use that method.

__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo
IrregularPulse is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-30-2008, 02:09 AM   #10
cwhill
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Saratoga, NY
Posts: 124
Default

I get away with one cooler and one pot. You just have to keep things moving along but no problems so far. pretty simple. My runnings go into a brew bucket while my sparge water is still on the burner. As I said a little more moving around but simple enough.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
...I still stare lovingly at my fermenters every day.
**********************************
There are two rules for success in life:
1. Never tell anyone everything you know
2.
**********************************
Primary: Air
Secondary: Air
Bottled: BierMuncher's Centenial Blonde,Oatmeal Stout
Kegged: Centenial Blonde
On Deck:
cwhill is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can 48qt. coolers handle a 10gallon batch grain bill? IXVolt All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 14 06-29-2009 06:37 AM
all grain why coolers? KEITH27 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 23 01-18-2009 10:30 PM
coolers for all grain seabee26 Equipment/Sanitation 6 04-11-2008 01:58 PM
Rubbermaid coolers same as GOTT coolers? drinker Equipment/Sanitation 11 11-28-2006 08:35 PM
Starting All Grain - Coolers or Kegs? Fatboy All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 10 09-14-2005 05:02 PM