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Old 02-17-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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The next piece of brew equipment on my list is a mash tun. I'm having trouble deciding what size to go with. Are there any guidelines like "a cooler with X volume can hold Y lbs of grain"?

I'm assuming 3gal is plenty for a partial mash.
Is 5 gal enough for AG? What is the minimum for AG?
What cooler size is typical for a 10gallon batch?

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The next piece of brew equipment on my list is a mash tun. I'm having trouble deciding what size to go with. Are there any guidelines like "a cooler with X volume can hold Y lbs of grain"?

I'm assuming 3gal is plenty for a partial mash.
Is 5 gal enough for AG? What is the minimum for AG?
What cooler size is typical for a 10gallon batch?
I all grain with a 5 Gallon Gott. It is good for most brews in a five gallon batch. If however you are looking to do a bigger beer all grain or you plan on doing 10 gallon batches, a larger one would be nice. I find that that a 1.070- 1.080 is as big as you can get and to get the 1.080 you need to boil down to 4.5 gallons. I hope this helps you out. S.
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A 3 gallon cooler is perfect for partial mashes. It will easily hold 5 pounds of grain and give you a nice thick grain bed. The 5 gallon coolers will work for AG brewing but are a bit restrictive. If you brew a big beer there isn't enough room for the mash. If you are wanting to get a MLT for AG brewing I recommend a minimum of a 10 gallon cooler.

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Is a 1 gal. cooler too small? I'm guessing so, for more than 2 pounds of grain.

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I use a sanke keg as a MLT. It works great for 5 or 10 gal batches up to about 36 lbs of grain.

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+1 to what Rich said above.

Assuming you are batch sparging:
- for PM batches 3 gals is perfect (5 gal is probably even fine)
- for 5 gal AG batches, 10 gals is about right
- for 10 gal AG batches, 60 quarts and up

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Get a 10 gallon Rubbermaid. This is the size most all grain brewers use. If you buy a 5 gallon you will be sorry because you will sooner or later want a big beer or start doing 10 gallon batches.

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Thanks guys. I live in an apartment and brew in my kitchen, so space is a major concern. I'm worried that a 10gal Gott would take up too much room in my closet. I might be able to squeeze it in. Does anyone know the dimensions of the 10 Gallon version? What about the 5 gallon version.

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You're only looking at an extra $20 or so to get a 10 gallon vs. a 5 gallon. Even if you think it will be a while before you will need the extra capacity, it's money well spent.

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Thanks guys. I live in an apartment and brew in my kitchen, so space is a major concern. I'm worried that a 10gal Gott would take up too much room in my closet. I might be able to squeeze it in. Does anyone know the dimensions of the 10 Gallon version? What about the 5 gallon version.
Something to think about -- my big 30 qt pot fits nicely inside my 10 gal cooler, but there is no way it would fit inside a 5 gal one. That sort of nesting of equipment could save a lot of space right there.

Dimensions for the cooler can be found here:
http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid...d=HPProd150117
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