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Old 02-15-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Maximum grain capacity for 10 gallon igloo cooler

Does anyone know what the capacity grains/pounds is for the 10 gallon home depot MLT.

I am doing my first 10 gallon batch and my grain bill is going to be roughly 40 pounds, will that work with this MLT?

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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Nope. I tried 33# one time and it was . . . rough. The most I am willing to put in is 28#, and it is a really thick mash. Sparging is also a PITA when the MLT is so full.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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You can always reduce the base malt and make up the difference with some light extract.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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With a 1.25 mash thickness approximately 25 pounds. Here is a great calculator that will help you out. http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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Awesome! This all great insight. Maybe reducing the grain bill and adding extract is the way to go.

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:51 PM   #6
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http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

refer to the "can i mash it?" calculator

edit- oops, just realized someone else already linked it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:59 PM   #7
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theres also this thread:

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

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:05 PM   #8
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Yeah I tried 33 lbs one time not thinking that doubling the recipe would provide too much grain. Ended up with 30 pound in there but flooded the mash tun once. Beer ended up fantastic.

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:11 PM   #9
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I have a 48qt cooler and 30lbs is right at the limit I can get in there. So 40 lbs in a 10 gallon cooler would not work.

If my grain bill is over 30lbs I take out some 2-row and add some light DME during the boil to compensate the gravity.

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Old 02-16-2012, 04:31 PM   #10
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Yep, I'm thinking of doing a partial mash with extract for a stout due to my small mash tun. As long as most of the GB is grain, it won't hugely affect the beer.

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