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Old 10-30-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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I am shopping for a cooler to use as a MLT. I plan on using a SS braid and batch sparging. Has anyone ever used this cooler? It has very high reviews for "staying cold." One would think that it would hold warmth for a mash as well. I will probably need to go to the store and make sure fly that the SS braid will work for this cooler as well. Is there anything else I should check in the store to make sure that this will work well?


I have heard that the SS braid needs to be on the very bottom of the cooler so that that there isn't wort below it during lautering. I feel like this would be crucial for fly sparging but not necessarily true for batch sparging...what do you guys think?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-30-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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I have one & it works fine. 60 minute mash drops 1-2 degrees F. I wrap it with towels for added insulation. $38.?? at our local wally world.
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:55 PM   #3
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That's what I have, except mine has wheels and I use a copper manifold. I would highly recommend it as a mash tun.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:02 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! I did a little more research and change my search terms and found a good thread to look at as well. I think I will definitely get this one. Huge cooler for super cheap.

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Old 10-30-2009, 09:06 PM   #5
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I've got the same one - but with a built in radio

It works well & I also do batch sparging with a braid. It does keep mash temps for 60-90 mins. within 1 degree in my experience. My braid just lays loose on the bottom. There is a slight trough built into it for the drain, but I just tip my one end up with a 2x4 to tilt the cooler when draining.

Mine has warped a little bit from heat, but it still works, just a little tap or two to close the lid down tight.

 
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:17 PM   #6
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If you want to save some $$ on the build you can skip the ball valve and just use tubing that fits tightly in the drain and a PEX valve (~$2.00), or whatever valve you can find.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:00 PM   #7
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I have the same one too. Most I've ever lost was 1*F in an hour, then again I've only been using it in summer months so far.

I'd also note that I dropped it a story and a half (empty) from the railing on my deck to a brick patio below. The lid hinges busted, so the lid flew off, but the rest of the cooler didn't even show a dent.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:03 PM   #8
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If you want to save some $$ on the build you can skip the ball valve and just use tubing that fits tightly in the drain and a PEX valve (~$2.00), or whatever valve you can find.
Thanks for the tip!
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:05 PM   #9
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Guys, I have to admit I commited a cardinal HBT sin...I didn't research enough before I posted. However, everybody who gave input actually provided new info from everything I found after further research. You guys rock!

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Old 10-31-2009, 11:36 PM   #10
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I use a 34 quart coleman extreme, works great for 5 gal batches. Holds temp well, within 1-2F after an hour.

 
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