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Old 03-27-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default DIY Mash tun/hot liquor tank

Bought a couple of 5 gallon water coolers off of Craigslist yesterday with the intention of making a mash tun and hot liquor tank. Is this big enough for 5 gallon batches?

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Old 03-27-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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All you need to know about MLT sizes ( found in stickies for equipment / sanitation)
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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Generally speaking, no. You can either do lower gravity 5 gallon batches or average gravity half batches. Or you can be like me and just partial mash with only 1 lb. of malt extract, which saves me just enough room that I don't need a 10 gallon mash tun.

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Generally speaking, no. You can either do lower gravity 5 gallon batches or average gravity half batches. Or you can be like me and just partial mash with only 1 lb. of malt extract, which saves me just enough room that I don't need a 10 gallon mash tun.
I somewhat disagree, I use a 10 gallon cooler mash tun and it is never close to full and I've made a couple of decently big beers. Certainly you can do a lower gravity beer in there without issue but you might be better served to get yourself a 10 gallon cooler. they can be had new for 40 bu cks
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