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Old 03-30-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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wanted to know how many quarts i should get??? I plan on making 5 gallon batches.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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wanted to know how many quarts i should get??? I plan on making 5 gallon batches.
Are you making or buying the mash tun?
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I use the round 10 gallon Rubbermaid water cooler. It works great for my batch sparging. So far I have not has a grain bill that fills it much more than half way. It also holds temperature to 2 degrees over an hour.

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10 gallon cooler will be plenty big for 90% of the recipes out there for 5 gallon batches.

Your tun needs to hold: ~1.4qts per pound of grain and figure the grain displaces .08 gallons per pound. Thats about 1.72qts per pound in displacement. A 10 gallon tun could do about a 17 pound grain bill to the tippy top.You could cut back to about 1.25 qts per pound if your grain bill gets big like that.

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I plan on making it myself out of a cooler. I was looking at a 46 quart cooler. so that should be big enough. please give my suggestions on how to make it. I was going to use the braided hose to a plastic hose.

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There are two options. This is the best source for building your own - it is incredibly easy:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/

In additiom. most of the online retailers will sell a conversion kit. I did the first one and it was about 20 minutes start to finish. If you go the DIY route make sure you get a stainless steel braid. I believe Home Depot sells plastic ones that look like stainless.

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ok going to walmart get a cooler than a local hardware store.

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check my other post mash tun nightmare. you will get a good laugh!!!

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