Originally Posted by BradleyBrew
I use my 5 gallon cooler all the time... go to your local hardware store and get a 5 gallon paint strainer bag. Works great to house your grains while mashing. I've mashed up to 10lb before and holds temperature like a champ! Cheers!!
Yeah, that's the ridiculous thing about it: I have *all* the necessary stuff to have mashed in a cooler. I have the cooler, grain bags (paint strainers from HD), and...well, I guess that's all I needed. I just didn't think to do it.
I've even considered converting my cooler into a mashtun, but it'd only be for partial mashes so I figured it wasn't worth it.
Either way, I think everything worked out. Fermentation took off running like a bat out of hell less than 10 hours later, probably due to my rehydrating *and* proofing the dry yeast.
Time will tell.