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chungking 01-04-2013 03:10 PM

Max mash for 5 gallon mash tun?
 
I have a 5 gallon circular igloo style mash tun.
What is the maximum amount of grains you can safely mash with? 10-12 lbs?

Assume normal amount of mash water, say 1.25-1.5 qrts/lbs.

Revvy 01-04-2013 03:16 PM

Yes 10-12 at the usual 1.25 quarts. I've done up to 14 pounds with using a lower water to grist ratio. Green Bay Rackers Mash Calculator.

Scroll down to the "can I mash it" calculator. It's a valuable tool to use to figure out how much grain can be hel in any sized mash tun.

I've been using my 5 gallon for 6-7 years and have never had a problem with 99% of my batches. The others, the rare barleywine I either borrow someone's larger cooler, or do a 2.5 gallon batch.

chungking 01-04-2013 03:22 PM

Bookmarked that page, thanks!

citabria 01-04-2013 03:57 PM

Here's an older thread on the subject with a simple chart for reference.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-...-needs-123585/

CKing 01-04-2013 07:39 PM

13 lbs max

stpug 01-07-2013 07:19 PM

I've done 15 lbs in my 5 gallon rubbermaid water cooler. It seems like the holding capacity is closer to 5.25-5.4 gallons though. I mashed with a 1:1 ratio and topped up with correct temp water once I reached my mash temp to get a little thinner mash ratio. It worked out fine; I just had to be careful when stirring.

317BREW 02-10-2013 05:16 PM

How fast should a mash tun drain? I have a rectangle 10 gallon cooler. I put 5 gallons in and it takes about 45 min. Is that too slow

Varmintman 02-10-2013 05:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 317BREW (Post 4887795)
How fast should a mash tun drain? I have a rectangle 10 gallon cooler. I put 5 gallons in and it takes about 45 min. Is that too slow

Depends on your sparging process. Fly sparging takes a lot longer than batch sparging. With a batch sparge after you vorlaff you can open it up wide open and empty it in a few minutes. Fly sparging can take 45 to a hour.

317BREW 02-10-2013 06:24 PM

I was planning on batch sparging. I changed my valve no it drains 5 gal in 10 mins. Is that a good flow rate

stpug 02-10-2013 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 317BREW (Post 4887968)
I was planning on batch sparging. I changed my valve no it drains 5 gal in 10 mins. Is that a good flow rate

That sounds more typical for batch sparging. 45 minutes seems too long for batch sparging, typically.


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