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Old 12-02-2010, 08:34 PM   #1341
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Gang - I have been using my 10 gal cooler with a false bottom for a while now. Works great. But, I wanted to note in here that I thought, when I built it, that I would be able to do 10 gal mashes in the tun. I did a 10 gal batch last week and had about 26# of grain that required about 8 gals of strike water. There was no way in hell it was gonna all fit in there. So, I split up my grain and did two separate mashes; combined; and, then boiled together. Just something to keep in mind if you plan to mash more than a 5 gal batch. I may end up moving over to a larger rectangular cooler or add a third keg to my setup. If I do, my 10 gal MLT w/ false bottom will be up for grabs. Will let y'all know if/when I do. Cheers.
Start using 1 qt of water per pound of grain to mash. A thick mash is your friend and a large amount of sparge water is his hot sister.


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Old 12-02-2010, 08:41 PM   #1342
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Start using 1 qt of water per pound of grain to mash. A thick mash is your friend and a large amount of sparge water is his hot sister.
I love that analogy!

Even with a lower ratio I would be striking 26 lbs of grain with 6.5 gallons of water. I don't think it will fit in there! (that's what he said)


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Old 12-02-2010, 08:47 PM   #1343
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Yeah, I think you MIGHT be able to get all of that in there. I did a 25.5 pound batch with a little over 6 gallons of water this weekend and I still had a little room to work with.

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Yeah, I think you MIGHT be able to get all of that in there. I did a 25.5 pound batch with a little over 6 gallons of water this weekend and I still had a little room to work with.
No ****? What's on the bottom of your tun? False bottom or braid? I suspect no issues with a stuck sparge?
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Gang - I have been using my 10 gal cooler with a false bottom for a while now. Works great. But, I wanted to note in here that I thought, when I built it, that I would be able to do 10 gal mashes in the tun. I did a 10 gal batch last week and had about 26# of grain that required about 8 gals of strike water. There was no way in hell it was gonna all fit in there. So, I split up my grain and did two separate mashes; combined; and, then boiled together. Just something to keep in mind if you plan to mash more than a 5 gal batch. I may end up moving over to a larger rectangular cooler or add a third keg to my setup. If I do, my 10 gal MLT w/ false bottom will be up for grabs. Will let y'all know if/when I do. Cheers.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:50 PM   #1346
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LOL - HBT bleeped out my expletive!

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Old 12-02-2010, 08:50 PM   #1347
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I'm getting a bazooka screen for mine this weekend. I think I might give away some growlers of my dead guy.

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I have a Bazooka screen in my kettle. I don't think I would use it as is in a mash tun. I would think it would lead to a lot of stuck sparges. Hell, that thing clogs up in my kettle at times.

A copper manifold is a piece of cake to build and cheap. Got a hacksaw?

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I use a copper manifold in mine. Started with a braid but am much happier with the manifold.

And no, no stuck sparges. Drain slowly.

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You think a bazooka screen would lead to stuck sparges? Really? It's just a stainless steel braid in essence isn't it?

I'm just going to be batch sparging. Think it would still be a problem?

Edit: Yes I do have a hacksaw. A ****ty one that I got for $4.99 at ace :P



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