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Old 11-07-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Is a 5 gallon cooler big enuff

I want to do AG and have a 5 gallon cooler. I am trying to make 5 gallon batches.


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Old 11-07-2010, 10:40 PM   #2
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to start with, yes. It wont be large enough for high gravity brews though, you'll eventually want to upgrade to a 10 gallon.


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Old 11-07-2010, 11:35 PM   #3
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what counts as a high gravity brew
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:38 PM   #4
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read this:

how big your mash tun needs to be
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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.
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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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I've been using mine for nearly 5 years, rarely do my recipes exceed 12-14 pounds of grain that fit in it.
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So is this over-kill (Coleman 70 quart Xtreme Cooler)? It's a good price.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-70...Cooler/4807332


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