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DonMagee 03-07-2012 01:30 PM

Building my first mashtun
I'm finally moving to all grain brewing. I picked up a 10 gallon rubbermaid cooler from Lowes yesterday
and now I just need to get the parts to put it all together.

I just wanted to do a check that I'm not forgetting anything.

I'm going to do 5-10 gallon batches and batch sparge.

My list is:

1) The cooler
2) Cooler conversion kit ( http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=85 ) with the stainless valve
3) A kettle screen ( http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=171 ) or would it be better to go with the stainless mesh braid ( http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=96 )?

Once I get this thing put together my next step is to decide on a 15 gallon kettle and I'll be in business. Is there anything I'm forgetting?

kh54s10 03-07-2012 01:41 PM

I assume you have a heat source strong enough to do a full boil.;)

Hi temp vinyl tubing. I use a clear on so I can see how clear the wort is running when I do my vorlauf.

Think about a kettle valve so you don't have to siphon your wort out of the boil kettle. Just easier really.

Other than that it sounds like you will soon be making great all grain batches.:rockin:

bchurch 03-07-2012 01:45 PM

I actually use both types of screen. The steel braid is in my mash tun and the kettle screen is in (oddly enough) my kettle. I use a longer screen in a rectangular cooler but if I had a set up like that I personally would probably go for the kettle screen, it is sturdier and won't move around on you.

DonMagee 03-07-2012 06:19 PM

I already have a nice propane burner that I've used for full boil extract batches, so I think I should be ok on heat. I did realize that with a 15 gallon pot I'm going to need a larger immersion chiller.

I do need to get 1/2" tubing, currently all I have is my plastic auto-siphon.

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