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Old 05-08-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Can I use this for a Mash Tun

I am moving up to 10Ga batches and my 10Ga cooler isn't big enough to hold the mash in some of my recipes, so I am considering making a mash tun out of this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/15-Gallons-Barrel-Open-Top-Metal-Strap-/200917836443

Once I put insulation around it to hold the heat is there any problem with using it for a mash tun?

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:44 AM   #2
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Is that really 15 gallon? it looks a lot smaller than a 1/2 barrel keg. Unless the floor tiles in the pictures are 20". Optical illusion?

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If you assume the handles are big enough for your hand (about 3"-4" through handle), looks like that could be a good sized bucket. Maybe the tiles really are pretty big.

I can't speak to using it to ferment though...not my department.

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If you assume the handles are big enough for your hand (about 3"-4" through handle), looks like that could be a good sized bucket. Maybe the tiles really are pretty big.

I can't speak to using it to ferment though...not my department.
Edit...I mean as a mash
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edit:
i missed the part that you gona isolate it, it may work but i would just go with bigger rectangular cooler

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"23" tall x 47" Gird x

8 ponds"

Seems a little sketchy to me...

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Why not spend all of your cash on the tun rather than 1/2 on shipping?

http://www.sears.com/coleman-52-quart-xtreme-cooler/p-00620000000P

I use this exact cooler for 10 (and 5) gallon batches, and can only sing praises-very little heat loss, easy to convert, and very heavy duty.

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Why not spend all of your cash on the tun rather than 1/2 on shipping?

http://www.sears.com/coleman-52-quart-xtreme-cooler/p-00620000000P

I use this exact cooler for 10 (and 5) gallon batches, and can only sing praises-very little heat loss, easy to convert, and very heavy duty.
I also have a 52qt xtreme, and I love it. I've never run out of room even on fairly big 10 gal batches.
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I use this for 11 gallon batches:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-60-Qt.-Ice-Cube-Roller-Cooler/5663765

For 11 gallon batches I can use it with up to 30 lbs of grain, and maybe a little more if I mash thick.

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I see a lot of guys use the square coolers when the batches get larger, perhaps that is what I will do.

It seems like there would be a lot of dead space given how large the bottom of the cooler is. Do you tip it?

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