Igloo Industrial 5 Gallon Beverage Cooler
- Spout Hole Size for Igloo Cooler
Does anyone know the size of the spout hole on the Igloo 5-Gallon Industrial (Yellow/Red) Beverage Cooler? The Rubbermaid coolers use 3/8" MIP nipple through the hole and I was wondering if the Igl
- 3 gallon batches mash tun
Hey guys, I'm going to make the move to all grain, but I'm not all that interested in doing full 5 gallon batches. I'm the only one that drinks beer in my house, and I get tired of the same style.
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May 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Pros: Retains steady temperature and perfect for making 5 gallon batches.
Recommended? YesThis is a very simple way to mash at a steady temperature and works very well. With a false bottom installed, lautering is very easy and efficiency is always 75% or better. Websites offer complete kits up to $200; build your own using parts at hardware store is much cheaper - and no shipping cost!
April 15, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Pros: Easy to use, very portable
Cons: Size limits me to 5 gallon batches
Recommended? YesMy cooler is outfitted with a bazooka screen for filtering, and therefore achieves better efficiency by batch sparging instead of fly sparging.
April 10, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Pros: Easy to clean and maintain, Nice large size. So far, no modification to help maintain mash temp, since it holds temp perfectly.
Cons: A cooler is tricky to use for anything other than single infusion mashes. I have done some double infusions (with success), but I am limited to mostly light-bodied beers.
Recommended? YesI have the 10gal version of this cooler, and it meets all of my needs. Cost listed includes false bottom and other hardware. Came pre-assembled by my LHBS. Although I brew only 5gal batches now, I find that I do not have a problem losing heat due to the extra head space. Also, the added room has helped with doing double infusion mashes for wheat beers (Double infusion is limited to light bodied beers, as raising the temp is an issue with coolers). The inside has yet to warp, unlike tuns owned by some of my friends (cheaper, non-industrial coolers). This tun is easy to clean, and the only dings in it are caused by my mash paddle. My temperature holds very well, and I never seem to lose a degree. Definitely worth the buy.
March 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Pros: Great starter MLT.
Cons: Too small to mash more than about 12lbs grain, limiting the brewer to smaller beers.
Recommended? YesI assembled my own conversion kit to replace the stock plastic spigot, with washers and brass spigot and the like, thinking I could do it cheaper than a commercial kit. I was wrong. Get a stainless steel conversion kit and call it good - you'll spend less time dinking around at Home Depot, and more time brewing beer.
February 13, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Pros: Holds mash temp well
Cons: I'll use a Coleman extreme next time
Recommended? YesI used simple parts purchased from home depot and following instructions from a homebrewtalk post.