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Old 10-17-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default 10 Gallon Round Cooler Mash Tun

Looking for a little insight here from Brewers here that use the Gott style, 10 gallon round coolers. I personally have a 20 gallon sized Mash Tun, but I am looking for something smaller for when I want to brew a Big Beer, but only wind up with 5.50 gallons instead of my usual 12. So, here's my question. Do you ever run into an issue doing a 5.50 gallon brew where the 10 gallon cooler is to small?


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I use the Home Depot / Rubbermaid "Big Orange" cylindrical cooler as an MLT. Most of my mashes involve 10-14 lbs of fermentables for a standard 5 gallon batch. I just did a Founder's Breakfast Stout clone (cf. stout recipes), which involves about 21# of grist. This, using the recommended mash thickness, will max out this cooler to within about 1.5" of the top.....but no problems at all going lower. I just converted using the Bargain Fittings braid kit.


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You can richen up the grain to water ratio a bit for making a big beer, too.
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You can richen up the grain to water ratio a bit for making a big beer, too.
I didn't think of that. Good idea.
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I did an imperial stout about a month ago. 6 gallon batch that left me within a 1/4" of the top of my 10 gallon cooler. Only time that has ever happened, but it worked out great.


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