Originally Posted by shamrockdoc
Excellent Bobby comes through again. IMO 5 gal MT is more than adequate for your AG needs. Unless you really want to make 10 -20 gal batches.
I agree. You noted you already have a 5 gallon cooler. Use it for now. Then, if you use a braid you can simply swap it to a larger cooler when that time comes. You will have lost nothing given all parts fit.
I am an advocate of buying equipment one time. Buy your equipment with an eye to your brewing future and possible expansion. You will be fine with your plan.
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