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Old 02-04-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default Mash Tun Size for 25# grain bill

I have a 48Q cooler mash tun. Do you think I can fit a 25 pound grain bill and all of the associated water in this size of a cooler? I am sure hoping so!



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Old 02-04-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
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It's gonna be close....



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Can I mash it?

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looks like at 1.25 QT/LB the mash will take up 9.81 gallons of my 12 gallon cooler. Wow, that will be close.

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I would mash a bit thicker unless of course you are fly sparging. say 1.0

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no fly sparging here, I will be double batch sparging.

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Bump it down to 1.15 qt/lb and you'll be fine

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I would mash a bit thicker unless of course you are fly sparging. say 1.0
I fly sparge and use 1 qt / lb for most of my brews. Never gives me a problem.
In response to the OP, there's plenty of room for the mash, but I don't know if you have sufficient capacity remaining for a double batch sparge.

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I fly sparge and use 1 qt / lb for most of my brews. Never gives me a problem.
In response to the OP, there's plenty of room for the mash, but I don't know if you have sufficient capacity remaining for a double batch sparge.

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Of course there will be room for the double batch sparge. I simply take the amount of water that would be used for a single batch sparge, and divide it up into two smaller sparges each done seperatley. So if there is room for the mash, I am good to go on the double batch sparge.

I found fuggles for about $10 a pound from www.hopsdirect.com. I am thinking I might order some other hops from these guys too.

I think for this beer I am going to have to brew a smaller pale ale first, and then pitch the big barley wine onto the cake. I am still conflicted on the yeast....suddendly I am feeling like US-05 would be a good choice.
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I can get 25# in a 40 quart cooler at 1.25 quarts per pound of grain, you will be fine with your 48 quart cooler and double batch sparge, good luck.



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