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Old 03-08-2013, 01:02 AM   #1
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Just made the decision to go all grain. Ive only done two batches that were extract but I'm ready to move on. I bought a 40qt brew kettle from amazon this morning and should be here on sat with my prime shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Winware-Stainl...ywords=winware

My question now leads to the MT/HLT. I will be doing 5 gal. batches

What do I need now...
1. 5 or 10 gal mash tun?
2. 5 or 10 gal HLT for sparging?
3. What cooler works best for mashing, round igloo or rectangle?

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Old 03-08-2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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Shape is really personal preference and space considerations. As for size def. 10 gallon minimum. 5 will get pretty full on bigger beers.

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I am making a similar switch and went with a 10 gal rubber maid round cooler that I converted to a mash tun. You can find the build instructions on this site and the interwebs if you want to save money (very easy build). If you batch sparge, you don't need a hot liquor tank, so that saves you money and space. Cheers.

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I am making a similar switch and went with a 10 gal rubber maid round cooler that I converted to a mash tun. You can find the build instructions on this site and the interwebs if you want to save money (very easy build). If you batch sparge, you don't need a hot liquor tank, so that saves you money and space. Cheers.
Isn't that what the Hlt is for, sparging?
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I routinely make 7 gal batches with over 24 lbs of grain and a 50 qt rectangular chest has worked great for several years...

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I bought a 48qt Igloo marine that I converted using instructions from http://www.donosborn.com/homebrew/mashtun.htm It hasn't failed me yet.

An HLT is used for fly sparging, where continuous water is being added to the mash tun while draining the wort. Batch sparging is where you drain(collecting the runnings), then add more water, stir, then drain again. Repeat until you have your desire boil volume.

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I've used both a round and rectangular cooler but I prefer the round cooler much more. it's taller and therefore has a smaller foot print which I like. I also recirculate and the tallness of the round cooler gives me a deeper grain bed and thus a better filter. I have a 3 gallonish system and I have a 5 gallon mash tun. it gives me the flexibility to do larger batches with lower gravities or normal size batches with a higher gravity. I made a 3 gallon batch of an RIS with an OG of around 1.096 and I don't think I could have fit much more in the tun. it was also a pretty thick mash. I also made a 4 gallon batch of brown with a gravity of around 1.056 and the tun was getting up there but a decently thin mash. If you plan on doing any 5 gallon batches higher than around 1.070 I would recommend getting a 10 gallon tun. this will give you the flexibility of doing larger batches as well as higher gravity batches.

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i have a yellow igloo cooler. looks like a sports drink cooler. it's a 10 gallon, i've mashed 15lbs of grain in it effectively. tried a 21lb batch that didn't turn out well. not sure if the mash in was the issue.

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I have both a 48 qt rectangle cooler with a Denny Conn set-up and it works great for everything. But I also use a 10 gal rubbermaid round and my last batch was an old Rasputin clone with a ~17 lb grist. Plenty of room.

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I've used both a round and rectangular cooler but I prefer the round cooler much more. it's taller and therefore has a smaller foot print which I like. I also recirculate and the tallness of the round cooler gives me a deeper grain bed and thus a better filter. I have a 3 gallonish system and I have a 5 gallon mash tun. it gives me the flexibility to do larger batches with lower gravities or normal size batches with a higher gravity. I made a 3 gallon batch of an RIS with an OG of around 1.096 and I don't think I could have fit much more in the tun. it was also a pretty thick mash. I also made a 4 gallon batch of brown with a gravity of around 1.056 and the tun was getting up there but a decently thin mash. If you plan on doing any 5 gallon batches higher than around 1.070 I would recommend getting a 10 gallon tun. this will give you the flexibility of doing larger batches as well as higher gravity batches.
Thanks tinga. Big help
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