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Old 11-11-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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Default Mashed with non-modified cooler to see if I like all grain

Just thought I would throw this out there ,made my first all grain that wasn't a BIAB style and I really wasn't sure if I was going to like it so I didn't want to buy a new cooler and modify it to see , so I went to the craft store and bought a yard and a half of nylon , they called it tulle. I put it down in the cooler and put 11 pounds of grain in it and tied it up loosely so that it that it was not packed tight at all. I hit my starting and original gravity that my recipe was set at with figuring 70% efficiency, I just set the cooler up on the counter and drained the wort out into my pot like normal , ran some back through , then did a batch sparge , so just an idea if you want to try all grain without spending on the cooler , and I did enjoy all grain , so now Ill buy a cooler and modify myself.

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Old 11-11-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Why do you need a cooler at this stage of the process?

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Old 11-12-2012, 01:01 AM   #3
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I used the cooler first to set the nylon in and put the grain in , then took it out and pre heated the cooler before adding my water

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I use a paint strainer bag in an igloo drinking water cooler. I call it "mash in a bag".

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I was thinking of trying something like this, great to see it works.

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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I used to use a non modified cooler and nylons for doing partials, it worked great.

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The only issue for me is my cooler doesn't have a tap. Would simply decanting (or perhaps siphoning since its warm) the wort then gently pouring it through the grain again be useful for removing coudiness/sparging some more sugar?

Or should I just accept I would get a perfectly crystal clear and efficient mash if I'm not going to invest in equipment? :P

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Do you want crystal clear wort or would you be satisfied with crystal clear beer? My wort comes out cloudy as h*** because I BIAB and I SQUEEZE the bag to get all the wort out that I can. My beers still turn out clear.

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Do you want crystal clear wort or would you be satisfied with crystal clear beer? My wort comes out cloudy as h*** because I BIAB and I SQUEEZE the bag to get all the wort out that I can. My beers still turn out clear.
That sounds good enough for me!
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