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Old 04-10-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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I'd like to make a simple cooler mash tun. My question is do I have to use a brand-new cooler or can I use one of the many coolers I have around the house? The one I Would like to use is not horribly dirty on the inside but it also is not completely clean. If I clean it very good can it be used?

 
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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Absolutely you can, any bugs will be killed off in the boil anyway!
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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I have yet to do my 1st all grain batch, but i would say it's fine. just clean it well and use away. All the wort gets boiled after it leaves the cooler anyway.
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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Damn azscoob beat me to it.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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I used a cooler with a former life, soaked it in PBW for a few days (more i couldn't get back to it for a few days, than needed that long) rinsed soaked in bleach for a few more days. Rinsed it good and its been making beer ever sense.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:39 PM   #6
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I'd like to make a simple cooler mash tun. My question is do I have to use a brand-new cooler or can I use one of the many coolers I have around the house? The one I Would like to use is not horribly dirty on the inside but it also is not completely clean. If I clean it very good can it be used?
If you are going to add a valve to it, I would recommend making sure it has a solid false bulk head. many coolers have foam between the inside and outside of the drain which makes getting a good seal difficult. Not impossible but difficult. Its a mistake I made with my first attempt making one.
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