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Old 04-29-2006, 05:01 AM   #11
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cool...thanks for the nc link. Why such high temps both on the sparge water (180) and the strike temp (190) ?

i figure if i put 170 h20 in the hlt, 168-170 will come out?
and i strike 10-15 degrees above mash temp, usually 145 for a 130 protein rest...which gets me around about 133.
Sorry, mixed up my terminology there. I meant pretty much what Dude said. For 170F out of the sprinkler, the water goes into my HLT at about 190F.
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Old 04-29-2006, 05:21 AM   #12
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I have the 10gallon rubbermaid and it warped (slightly) on it's maiden mash out. I was going to start a thread about this but it seems I don't need to now. I wonder if the spec has changed since the swami got his?

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Old 04-29-2006, 05:32 AM   #13
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

what about something like this?
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Old 04-29-2006, 05:35 AM   #14
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Can't go wrong with that, IMHO.

I'd like to see the valve closer up, but that cooler is proven to work great. Plus it is on wheels so it is easy to roll it to wherever and dump it.
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1. I heard rubbermaid coolers will warp from the heat of the mash/strike water, and that gott coolers dont. Is this a problem?
For what its worth - I think that Gott and Rubbermaid are one and the same. My 5 gallon blue rubbermaids (the $19 at walmart type) have a stamp embedded in the bottom of them that says "Gott Corporation". Looks like Gott was bought out by Rubbermaid at some point?

No warpage yet after 1 mash.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:26 PM   #16
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For what its worth - I think that Gott and Rubbermaid are one and the same. My 5 gallon blue rubbermaids (the $19 at walmart type) have a stamp embedded in the bottom of them that says "Gott Corporation". Looks like Gott was bought out by Rubbermaid at some point?

No warpage yet after 1 mash.
I have a Rubbermaid/Gott cooler that I bought about 10 years ago, and another Rubbermaid made by Gott, that I bough about 6 months ago. They are both 5g in Home Depot Orange rather than Walmart blue. Neither has warped at all.

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Old 04-30-2006, 12:30 AM   #17
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i'd go with the 10 gallon gott cooler - it will serve you well

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thanks for the info...i think im gonna go with this:http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=4098

Northern brewer has the same mash tun, plus a 10 g. hlt both with brass ball valves and a stainless false bottom for 200 bucks.

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The one from Midwest looks much better than the eBay cooler. The Rubbermaids have a totally flat bottom, which you can use a false bottom, S/S braid, or a Bazooka Tube (altered a bit). They will drain almost completely when sparging. The one on eBay has a wierd bottom. Its stepped, and with the bottom and the supplied manifold, or any other type, you will struggle to get all of your wort out. Plus the shipping is crazy.

My opinion...I started with a twin 5 gallon Rubbermaid set up, and it was well worth the money. Always sparged well, took the heat without major warping, and was east to use. With ball valves, a s/s false bottom and a spinning sparge arm, it was a breeze to use. I moved up to a 48 quart Ice Cube, which has a flat bottom, and I use a Bazooka tube. It drains just like the Rubbermaid, which makes me happy.

I think you will be good with the one from Midwest.

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3. Do these coolers really hold the temps for 60-90 minutes? I like to stir my mash every 20 minutes, and since i mash in my kettle heat loss due to stirring is not a problem. Can i just shake the cooler up instead, or just stir and add hot water?
Want to say that my inicial cooler purchase was an Extream 5 Gal and I screwed it up. I ended up pluging the blasted hole I made and drilled out a smaller hole to put a hose through and use as a HWT. That thread that I put all the pictures up shows you it. The thing is... I started loading it up with boiling water oh... around 2ish and loaded it with more hot water around 5ish. It was half full when everything was done and over, but by the time I had cleaned up most of the stuff and felt like a screwup for the small output I got I kinda left it. The top was on and I took it off the next day around 11am to dump it. I BURNED MY HAND! I am F*cken serious. It was stinging all day! So... what were talking close to 17 or so hours!
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