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Old 05-26-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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So I'm debating if i should just go with the converted large cooler mash-tun or just fork out the cash for a large mash-tun pot.

 
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:41 PM   #2
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Well it's tough to add heat to a plastic cooler!

Shop around and try to find a used keg.

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Old 05-27-2011, 12:02 AM   #3
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What size batches do you do?

 
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:03 AM   #4
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Is that an acronym yet? WSBDYD?

 
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:05 AM   #5
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well just for practice i've been doing 5 gallon batches, which i want to expand into 20 gallon batches once i hammer down the recipes, so i would need a 10 gallon mash-tun, then use the steam kettle at work for the boiling process.

 
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:09 PM   #6
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A 10 gallon mash tun will not work for a 20 gallon batch of all grain beer. I have a 15.5 gallon mash tun and can't stretch more than about 18 gallon batches at an OG of 1.050. Your mas tun would over floweth with grain and water. This also requires a boil kettle of at least 25 gallons.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:44 PM   #7
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Well it's tough to add heat to a plastic cooler!
Really? I wish you woulda told me that years ago, because I've been adding heat to my cooler mash tuns without a problem.

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Old 05-27-2011, 11:01 PM   #8
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A big cooler works great. Infusions or decoctions add heat. You can brew anything with just a single infusion.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:33 PM   #9
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I've done many decoctions and they are bit more involved (tougher) than hitting the mash tun with some flame.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:37 PM   #10
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I think it's exactly like hitting it with a small flame, but with scooping out the desired portions and boiling. You can't do that in any single mash tun.
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