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Old 09-08-2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default Stainless tun vs. igloo

My next beer will be an all grain and I am looking into tuns. I realize that this may be a matter of personal preference but my LHBS has stainless tuns with false bottoms and the entire package would be around $300.

Have any of you converted from Igloo's to the stainless tuns? Was it worth the money?

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Old 09-08-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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I am headed to switching from a 12gal cooler to a converted keg, but I am not there yet. From what i have read, you will need to either insulate the MLT to hold the temp or recirculate the mash water/wort through a RIMS type setup to maintain temps...

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Old 09-08-2008, 04:00 PM   #3
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I once had this to say about Mash Tuns:

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Seems like it would be some extra inconvenience in addition to extra $ for stainless having to re-heat and all that.

there's gotta be some added to benefit or you would think nobody would bother with Stainless MLT's right?

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ideally you would have a burner under it and use if for a step up mash and do a protien rest. i personally would like to do all of those things and have bitchin' single tier three burner setup but not at the price. cooler mash tuns are the ****. it also is way more DIY if your into that.

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The benefit to going with the stainless is that you can set it on a burner and have significantly better control over the temp. Personally if I had the means, I would get the stainless over a converted cooler any day of the week.

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$300 for a (what I'm thinking is a converted keg) MLT? HOLY CRAP....
You could get into a 100qt cooler MLT for a 1/3 of that price. It would be larger and would hold the heat for a good two hours. If you then wanted to do step mashes without having to add water then build a RIMS or Herms and you could still be under the $300.

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Yup $300 is a pretty steep investment you can do a converted picnic cooler for a fraction of the cost especially if your handy and convert yourself. I brewed for years in a round 5 gal coleman. I built a SS out of a Sanke and it is nice for larger batches but temp loss is a concern if you don't insulate it. I still use both depending on batch size. as for direct heating you must be very careful not to scorch the grains. I like the cooler because once you get familiar with what your strike water needs to be it is a very easy to make quality single mash temp beers, step mash beers are posible but more difficult in a cooler without a Rims or Herms.

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I have used a cooler mash-tun for years and love the easy mashing it provides. I do single infusion mashes most of the time. I you are willing to spend money the stainless will last more than a couple of lifetimes but to use it easily it must be insulated well. A false bottom is the way to go in either the cooler/mash-tun or the stainless mash-tun. Round mash-tuns work better for fly sparging.

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If I had a bogillion dollars, I'd make the coolest polished and chrome full tilt boogy, gas powered a$$ kicker of a 44 magnum Big Block Tunnel Ram, Dual Dominator, scareing children, wild women sedusing, good woman make'n into wild women, brew sculpture known to man...The type that that Turns atheists into Christians and Christians into Brewers, but I'd still have both a 5 and a 10 gallon round cooler with copper manifold for the mash tun.

And this is how you already have over 3,000 posts... heh
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