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Old 09-14-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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thinking of the link where the guy uses the cooler for the mash (tun?)

it's big, plenty big, like 25 gallons.


got a drain in the bottom, and it's fully insulated.


I assume that the styrofoam would hold up to 150F-170F water.

any thoughts?
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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I think when you stir it the spoon will scratch the styrofoam and let little styrofoam pellets in your mash. IMO.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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It would be really had to clean and I am not sure if you would leach chemicals from the strofoam or not.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:04 PM   #4
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as long as it holds a seal I dont see why ya couldnt, but I would plan on replacing it fairly often due to dmg in the process. AS for the cleaning part I usually just hose my cooler out whenI am done and wipe it down with a sponge. I dont think it will leach checmicals, I men heck there are billions of coffee cups made of the same stuff at Mc Donalds.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:47 PM   #5
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as long as it holds a seal I dont see why ya couldnt, but I would plan on replacing it fairly often due to dmg in the process. AS for the cleaning part I usually just hose my cooler out whenI am done and wipe it down with a sponge. I dont think it will leach checmicals, I men heck there are billions of coffee cups made of the same stuff at Mc Donalds.
And everytime I drink hot coffee from them I taste the styrofoam.

It may not make a taste diference to your brew, but I can see it doing just that.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:13 PM   #6
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48qt cooler from Wally-World cost $15 why would you use anything else
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Old 09-15-2006, 12:30 AM   #7
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48qt cooler from Wally-World cost $15 why would you use anything else

yeah, I hear ya.

are they really $15?

alright guys, it was worth a thought though
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Old 09-15-2006, 02:23 AM   #8
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Too bad it isn't deeper, it would make a great lagering cabinet. Maybe you can find something really squat?
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Old 09-15-2006, 02:39 AM   #9
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It's my wife's anyway, I probably would have asked her before using it.

probably...
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Old 09-15-2006, 03:13 AM   #10
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How about having a separate mash tun and placing it into your cooler? It might help you maintain temp. A lagering cooler is also a good idea.
That thing has got home brewing written all over it!
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