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Old 01-26-2007, 01:25 AM   #11
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http://www.igloo-store.com/product_d...=icecubeseries

would this cooler get the job done or do i need a round one.

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Old 01-26-2007, 01:33 AM   #12
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It looks ok but do it have a drain that you could remove to install your bazooka tube?

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I did the biggest beer so far in my 10gal.....20 pounds of grain, batch sparge
75% efficency I ended up with 7gal of 1.075 cooked down to 5 gallon for an imperial stout......

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Old 01-26-2007, 02:04 AM   #14
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http://www.igloo-store.com/product_d...=icecubeseries

would this cooler get the job done or do i need a round one.

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If you batch sparge, it doesn't matter. If you fly, round is preferred.
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Five Gallon cooler not big enough??? toldyousotoldyousotoldyouso............

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All Wal-Mart has online is the Colemen Xtreme 70-quart (!). I don't want something that's excessive, right? It seems more surface area exposed to air = more temperature lost, even with the lid closed.

Edit: I should mention that I still have a $19 gift certificate to Wal-Mart, which is why I'd prefer to go there (even though I don't really care to shop there normally).

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I don't shop at Wally World very often either, simply because I don't have one nearby. There's a lot of NIMBY folks here in Austin. In any event, they do have great prices on lots of stuff.

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Default Batch Sparging & Mash Tun Size???

I've got one of those square Igloo Cubes. Its a 12 gal cooler. I was thinking of turning into my mash tun.

Is there a down side of having this large of a cooler if your total mash volume is about 3 gallons? How much space does 8lbs of grain take up?

I plan on making Dude's Pub Ale as my first AG batch.

I was wondering about internal heat loss due to the extra air space.

Also wondering about the term "batch sparge" as to normal sparging after the 60 minute rest? Please explain.

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If you batch sparge, it doesn't matter. If you fly, round is preferred.

What is the difference between batch and fly sparging exactly. Im still learning.
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What is the difference between batch and fly sparging exactly. Im still learning.
Me too. From what I've seen (and keep in mind I've never done all-grain), fly sparging utilizes a tricky bit of rigging that "rains" the sparge water down on the grain bed as the strike water is draining into the brew kettle. With batch sparging, you let the strike water drain completely and then pour in the entirety of the sparge water, making sure to let it clear again before letting it flow into the brew kettle.
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