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Old 02-06-2007, 11:07 PM   #1
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After reading a number of threads about mash tun coolers, I have decided to make one. Size wise, I am looking for something that I can do an AG 2.5-3 gallon batch in as well as a 5gal partial mash. I was thinking a 3gal cooler would do the trick, but wanted to see if anyone thought differently.

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Old 02-07-2007, 12:15 AM   #2
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I'd get at least a five, and if you have the room go larger. Is there any reason you don't want to do full five-gallon batches?
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:12 AM   #3
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With all the work that's involved in making an AG batch, I guarantee you'll be wanting to make at least 5 gallons batches. It's just as much work to make 3 as it is 5. Lots of people (myself included) start out thinking that we'll just brew twice as often, but quickly change our minds.
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:16 AM   #4
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Here I go again like a broken record: Get a BIG cooler, at least ten gallons. I guarantee you will eventually go big so why fart around with the little stuff? Unless you like wasting money.............
And yes, the same goes for boiling pots.........
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:19 AM   #5
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I'd get a 40-48qt cooler. I've made 3 gallon batches with a 48 qt cooler and got 74% efficiency, despite the shallow grain bed. They're all pretty cheap, so why make work later converting a bigger one if you go for 5 gallon batches?

 
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:21 AM   #6
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My advise like Bernie Brewer is go as big as you can afford from the beggining if you don't you'll regret it later!!!!

 
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:41 AM   #7
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I think the advise to get a big one (10 gal) is good advise shop around on the internet you can find one for about $40 If you get a smaller and eventually go to a larger one. you'll still find uses for it. Buy the best you can afford. My old boss had a saying "Buy cheap and Buy twice".


 
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:49 AM   #8
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Initially the reason I wanted to do small AG batches is because I can only boil on my stovetop for the time being and couldn't boil the requisite volume for a 5gal batch. The amount of work isn't an issue for me, as I get just as much fun out of the brew day as I do in enjoying the endpoint (well, almost). Finally, like alot of people wanting to do small batches I wanted to brew often and experiment while not having tons of beer lying around.

So back to my original question. Sounds like I might be better off with a 5gal cooler (plus that's all I can find in the stores right now). I'm still planning on doing 3gal AG, and maybe 5gal if I can find a way to do it on the stove. Plus some 5gal PM. So does the 5gal cooler still sound good?

I realize that this is kinda a broken record discussion, and I apologize for that and greatly appreciate your help.
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I have a 9 gallon cooler that I love - the Coleman Xtreme 36 quart. It holds mash temp perfectly over a 60 minute mash (as long as you preheat it). Plenty big for any 5 gallon batch, probably a little small for most 10 gallon batches. $30.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:03 AM   #10
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I "borrowed" a 2.5 gallon sports cooler from my Dad's house a few months ago and it works perfectly for partial mashes of up to 5 pounds or so. I sure wish I had a bigger one though. Don't wimp out. Go big, or go home!
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