I'm going to be doing my first AG batch this fall and I need to build a MLT. However, I can't decide what equipment to use. My #1 requirement is: EASY TO CLEAN. So that makes me lean towards a false bottom instead of a manifold. But, I can only find 5gal round coolers in all the local stores by me. For the foreseeable future, I'll be doing 5gal batches and batch sparging, so i guess i have the following three options:
- 5gal round cooler w/ prefab false bottom (probably too small from what i've read)
- 48qt cube cooler w/ homemade manifold (attaching copper pipes together, cutting all those holes, harder to clean)
- 48qt cube cooler w/ homemade false bottom (I wouldn't even know a cost-effective way to make a false bottom this size)
Anyone have any ideas for me to make a big enough MLT that is also easy to clean?
I guess I could just keep searching for a 10gal round cooler and problem solved...