When mashing (read: batch sparging) 5-gallon batches in a large cooler such as this, would the unused space have any effect on efficencies outside of it just being a larger area to heat and its associated deadspace?
I don't think so, but I've wondered a few times about it. I know fly sparging is better with a thicker grain bed but shouldn't matter for batch.
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