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scorpionc53 10-05-2012 11:49 PM

Would this coleman work?
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Tonight I found a killer deal on the basic coleman 48 qt cooler at meijers. Everywhere I look people are using the coleman extremes. Any downside to using this basic one before I rip the spigot out? Anyone had bad failure or good success with it?

najel 10-06-2012 02:09 AM

I have one of these that I made into a MLT already, but have not used it yet. I got the cooler for free, so I thought why not try it, I can always put the hardware on a different one if I don't like it.
I will be interested in comments, too! I have read from some people that are using one the same size with good success. The only issue I can think of would be how well it will keep the temps.

Pratzie 10-06-2012 02:15 AM

I'm told they work much better with the bazooka screens then other MLT because its kind of grooved into the bottom of the cooler, making a channel down around the hole where the spigot is. And I've seen a bunch of homebrewer videos on YouTube with the brewers using these types instead of the round Rubbermaid ones.

Pratzie 10-06-2012 02:17 AM

Btw what's the killer price if u don't mind me asking? I've been looking for one as well but we don't have meijers in my part of the country.

scottland 10-06-2012 02:36 AM

I put like 50 bathes through a cooler like that. Made loads of great beer, almost makes me a bit sentimental.

Seriously, if it fits your budget, buy it.

wilserbrewer 10-06-2012 03:05 AM

That cooler is fine and will work well. Sure you may lose 2 degrees...but really RDWHAHB...just plan on losing a tad and no worries.

Mine was red FWIW...

Pratzie 10-06-2012 04:03 AM

I'd also recommend preheating it with some hot water before adding your main body and the grains. Everyone I've seen use them on YouTube has stated it makes a good 2-3 degree difference from hitting your strike temperature because they are rather large long ways as opposed to the round and tall ones.

scorpionc53 10-06-2012 11:19 AM

I picked it up for $20. I've been looking at round 10 gal ones for like 50. So for a 12 gal at 30$ off, I consider that a killer deal. This is also the even cheaper one, without the grooved bottom. I let you know how it works.

A side question, has anyone put one of these together and used an silicone or epoxy to make sure there's a 100% seal? I picked up some #15 o-rings, just didn't know if an epoxy would add insurance. And would it give off flavors too?

Another side question. I got a 20" washer screen and I'd like to find a way to keep it in one place on the bottom. I'd like to make a tear drop shape and glue or whatever the screen in place, but again, don't want to use something that'll give off flavors or become separated from the heat of my mash.

kombat 10-06-2012 12:11 PM

I use that exact cooler, it works great!

scorpionc53 10-06-2012 03:33 PM

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Here it is, all put together! I'll post how it works after its first use!!

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