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Old 02-25-2009, 04:36 AM   #1
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How many pounds of grain have you been able to fit into your 5gal round igloo cooler...doing a batch sparge, and got a good efficiency??

I am using a 3/4" SS braid by the way...

A friend of mine & his wife want me to brew them a IIPA and I'm just wondering how big I can make it?

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Old 02-25-2009, 05:03 AM   #2
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How many pounds of grain have you been able to fit into your 5gal round igloo cooler...doing a batch sparge, and got a good efficiency??

I am using a 3/4" SS braid by the way...

A friend of mine & his wife want me to brew them a IIPA and I'm just wondering how big I can make it?

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12 Pounds was pushing it a wee bit.


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Try this: Green Bay Rackers--Mash Calculators

Scroll down to "Can I Mash It"

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Try this: Green Bay Rackers--Mash Calculators

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Pretty interesting site I must say!

Says if I mash 14# @ 1/qt/# it would take 4.62 gal...just about to the limit.

Think I'll go for it and see what happens?

I'm still curious if anyone wants to chime in...
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The most I've ever tried in my 5 gallon Igloo w/ stainless braid is 10.5# @ 1.33qt/#. That puts me within an inch of the bottom of the lid. I batch sparge and get in the neighborhood of 70% efficiency (+/-2%).
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i have done 14lbs @ 60.2%
10 lbs yields me high 70's

make a 4 gallon batch, use 14lbs, and boil for 2 hours before you first hop addition

nah, seriously tho, to make a 1084 beer, i used 15lbs of grain, and split it into 2 mashes/4 sparges... ended up 9 gallons in the kettle, and started the boil with the first runnings!
long ass brew day.

im tellin everyone this....home depot has a 10 gallon round rubbermaid you can swap all your 5 gallon manifolding into for about 40 bucks out the door. then you could easily do 22lbs of grain! IIIPA !


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