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Old 08-18-2009, 02:12 AM   #1
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At this point I am new to All Grain and slowly building/buying up the equipment necessary to brew up standard size batched.

Was at Home Depot today looking and water/drink coolers... They had 5 gallon ones for $19 or 10 gallon for $40.

Which is more economical at this point, the 5 or 10 gallon? As I don't think I would be doing the quantity necessary for larger batches anytime soon could I get away with the smaller 5 gallon or should I be looking long term? I believe I would be able to get a larger one easily down the line if needed...

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Old 08-18-2009, 02:17 AM   #2
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You will want a 10 gallon cooler for a 5 gallon batch.

 
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:19 AM   #3
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I had the same question when I started looking around. Many said that a 5 gallon would do if you planned on keeping your brews under a 1.060 OG. But if you plan on ever going above that, a 5 gallon will not support the grain bill and water necessary. So I went with a 10 gallon and have been quite satisfied.

 
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:35 AM   #4
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Also, aside from high gravity beers, if you are considering batch sparging, you will want the space.

 
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:16 AM   #5
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Third calculator down from the top.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:29 PM   #6
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Check out this sticky:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-...-needs-123585/
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:36 PM   #7
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Thanks, I'll take a look.


 
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:46 PM   #8
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In short:

5 gallon batches - 10g+ Mash Tun
10 gallon batches - 15-20g Mash Tun

Doing 10 gallon batches doesn't really save you money, only time. I started doing 10g batches because I figured I was brewing for 3+ hours anyway, might as well end up with twice as much beer. That being said, if you are going to get a cooler/ice chest as your mash tun, just go with a bigger one. The cost difference between a small and large cooler is not that much, so you might as well get one that will work for 5 or 10g batches.
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:55 PM   #9
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By the time you "Trick Out" your cooler with a false bottom, bulkhead and valve, siteglass and/or temp probe bulkhead you will have more money invested in hardware than the cooler.

If you choose to upgrade to a larger cooler later, some hardware may be undersized and you will have likely ruined the smaller one for other purposes.

Bottom line... Get the 10 gallon.

 
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:43 PM   #10
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Id def go with the 10 gallon. Ive made 2 batches AG and both have been under 1.060 and having to do double sparging pretty much sucks. Noob realizations!!

 
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