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Old 09-30-2007, 03:07 PM   #1
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Lots of talk abt cylinder coolers, but wondering if I can use a 48 qy rectangular cooler for 5 gallon batches ... I think someone mentioned that the grain bed wld be too shallow...

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Old 09-30-2007, 03:13 PM   #2
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That is what I use, batch sparge with a SS braid. Works well.

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Old 09-30-2007, 03:25 PM   #3
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I have a 48qt rectangular and I do both batch and fly sparging. I did find that I can't fly sparge on grain bills that are < 5KG because of the grain bed issue you mentioned. More often then not I batch sparge anyway.

There are a couple images in my gallery that show my lauter manifold and sparge manifold.

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Old 09-30-2007, 05:01 PM   #4
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I use a 50 quart rectangle, batch sparge and SS braid for 5-gallon batches and I have no problems other than my heat loss is sometimes on the higher side. 48 qt should be just fine

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Old 09-30-2007, 06:38 PM   #5
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Yes and I use a manifold.

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Old 10-01-2007, 12:45 AM   #6
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OK- GREAT news ...

here is a question - can I use the same parts from FlyGuy's conversion for this cooler ?

It is a 48 qt Rubbermaid Victory cooler ... only diff is shape.

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I used roughly the same parts. Started with that list, had to make one more trip back to HD to return a few pieces.

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Lots of talk abt cylinder coolers, but wondering if I can use a 48 qy rectangular cooler for 5 gallon batches ... I think someone mentioned that the grain bed wld be too shallow...

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I use a 82qt rectangular cooler. Works just fine for 5 gallons, even better for 10
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I use a rectangular 48 qt. cooler - I built a copper manifold, it works great.

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Old 10-01-2007, 09:16 PM   #10
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If you are concerned about the lack of grain bed depth, just tilt the cooler so it favors your manifold / screen / stainless braid. Reduces surface area a bit so may hold heat better.
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