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Old 10-24-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Would a rectangular 48Qt rectangular cooler work for 5 gal batch of beer if I wanted to start all grain recipes? I've noticed that many people go with the cylindrical coolers but I have a rectangular cooler that I could sacrifice to make a mash tun out of.

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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Any cooler can be DIY'ed into a mash tun

You can make your drainage manifold out of a number of materials: CPVC, copper, a braided SS tube, etc. All you need is a bulk head and valve, a way to drain the sweet liquid, and a way to sparge it.

A quick google search should show a plethora of pictures and options to base the conversion on. Good luck!

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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Definitely!

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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It wouldn't be a sacrifice but an upgrade!

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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Sweet! I have a new project on my hands. I'm still a beginner still but my new obsession, I mean hobby has got me thinking about home brewing non-stop. I also want to save some $ by going all grain so it's gonna be a win, win if the beer tastes better than extract.

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:21 PM   #6
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I'm 90% sure that's what I used, size-wise. I wanted to go with a cylindrical, but couldn't find a 10 gallon one for reasonable prices. I had this old cooler lying around, and used that.

I made the copper pipe manifold, following the tutorial here on HBT, and cut slits into it (which was a royal PITA). I also had to drill the cooler for draining, since my cooler didn't have the drain already. But I've done 4 or 5 batches in it now, and it's working GREAT

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:21 PM   #7
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Make sure you get one with a detachable lid (or just take the hinges off). emptying one of those suckers when it is full of wet grain is really cumbersome, especially if you brew by yourself. Also, get something to prop up the end without the bulkhead otherwise you will lose a ton of wort to dead space.

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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Ok, this may sound stupid but what is the bulkhead you speak of?

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Prop up the side opposite the drain, so that you can drain more

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by tgeary76 View Post
Ok, this may sound stupid but what is the bulkhead you speak of?
This is the kit you'd need for the conversion. The bulk head is just the portion that screws in on the interior of the cooler. You'll need everything in the picture to do the conversion though.

http://www.amazon.com/Weld-Homebrew-...xp_grid_pt_0_0

You can do stainless or you can find all this stuff at a box store cheaper.
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