I had an eventful mash yesterday. I use a tun with a vegetable steamer false bottom. Yesterday I hit the limits of that technology in spades. First off it was a Golden Strong with 17 pounds of grain. Way too much for a 5 gallon cooler but I was planning a step decoction mash anyway so I figured I'd try. First problem, the sparge kept getting slow and stuck.
Second something very weird happened. While I was sparging my way up to nine gallons of wort the whole tun made a kind of popping sound. Three times. I had no idea what it was until I was cleaning up and the steamer stayed in the bottom of the cooler. Turns out the legs had poked through the bottom of the cooler! Now I have three holes in the bottom of my tun. I am assuming only bad things can come from this.
PS The mash turned out great with about 75% eff and the boil went well as well.
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