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Old 02-09-2009, 03:56 PM   #1
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I am starting to acquire equipment for my all grain setup. I wanted to appeal to those that have experience for suggestions/advice in acquiring this equipment.

My intention was to buy two igloo or rubbermaid 5 gallon coolers from craiglist or locals and convert them into the mash/lauter tun. Before proceeding I wanted to ensure there are no caveats that I don't know about using the igloo's vs rubbermaid coolers. Are the fittings relatively generic?

I have the option to buy a 5 gallon Igloo from a buddy this week as my first piece and wanted to start with advice here.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:08 PM   #2
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eah just take the spigot out and use it at the hardware store to get the correct fittings sizes. why two 5g anyway? maybe a 5g and a 10g that way the 5g takes care of brews that are under 1.060 and the 10g for big brews or 10g batches

oh yeah don't pay more 10 or so for a 5g since walmart sells em new for 20
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:11 PM   #3
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A five gallon is going to be to small. If your going the tabletop method as opposed to a gravity setup I would recommend a square cooler. There cheaper and bigger than their round brothers.

 
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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A five gallon is going to be to small. If your going the tabletop method as opposed to a gravity setup I would recommend a square cooler. There cheaper and bigger than their round brothers.
I've haven't really seen the square coolers used nor do I know the difference between tabletop vs. gravity. I thought it was all gravity. I'm not trying to seem completely oblivious but I've mostly seen the trees and etc. I think I saw Revvy had a square cooler in one of his gallery pics but I can't be for sure that it was his image.

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:33 PM   #5
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If possible, look for coolers that are designed to hold ice for 5 days or so... Max Cold for Igloo... not sure for Gott... Coleman is Extreme.

Other than that, it's more about what size batch you intend to brew.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:38 PM   #6
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I've haven't really seen the square coolers used nor do I know the difference between tabletop vs. gravity. I thought it was all gravity. I'm not trying to seem completely oblivious but I've mostly seen the trees and etc. I think I saw Revvy had a square cooler in one of his gallery pics but I can't be for sure that it was his image.

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I guess I meant to say a sculpture, or single tier setup. I just use a rectangular cooler (as many do) they hold way more grain and can be found cheaper than a 10 gallon round.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:09 AM   #7
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I guess I meant to say a sculpture, or single tier setup. I just use a rectangular cooler (as many do) they hold way more grain and can be found cheaper than a 10 gallon round.
I assume that you just drill out the spout on the end of the rectangular cooler and pretty much everything else is like the round? Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:20 AM   #8
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I assume that you just drill out the spout on the end of the rectangular cooler and pretty much everything else is like the round? Thanks for your help.
Actually the spout can be simply un-screwed, then use a stainless braid, or a manifold.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:23 AM   #9
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Just one 10g round cooler. That's it..convert it and be done. Absolutely no need for all the fuss;

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/

My AG's over the last 2 years say this is all you need to have as good of beer as a $2000 setup. No "extreme", no "huge rectangle"....none of that junk. Just get what has kept the most of us homebrwing AG's. The AG setup should be under $80 total.

Of course that my opinion and you know what they say about those.

They are like a**holes. Everyone's got one and they all stink. Or something like that.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:26 AM   #10
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I started out with a 5 gallon and brewed small beers and partial mash. I upgraded to a 10 gallon and now use the 5 gallon as a hlt.
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