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Old 09-08-2011, 05:09 PM   #1
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Default Is my mash tun the right size?

I've been thinking about moving to 10 gallon batches. I have a 50qt Coleman cooler converted mash tun. Is this big enough or should I get something bigger? Thanks


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Old 09-08-2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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I just did a 10 gal batch with 20#s of grain and I was fine using a 10g igloo (round) so I'd say you would be fine.

Doing the 1.3q per # of grain calculation, as long as you don't go over 38#s of grain you'd be good!

For bigger batches I just cut my sparge vol in half and double sparge.


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Old 09-08-2011, 05:21 PM   #3
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I just did a 10 gal batch with 20#s of grain and I was fine using a 10g igloo (round) so I'd say you would be fine.

Doing the 1.3q per # of grain calculation, as long as you don't go over 38#s of grain you'd be good!

For bigger batches I just cut my sparge vol in half and double sparge.
same here, you really dont need one that big
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:25 PM   #4
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Awesome! Looks like all I need is a bigger kettle and a better way to cool my wort.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #5
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Easiest way to cool 10 gallons or more is with a copper wort chiller. Go up to ebay and type in "wort chiller" and you've get a ton of results. Same with "copper wort chiller" and "plate chiller".

I got one where it's just a copper tube in a circle that you hook up to your kitchen faucet. All ya have to do is stick it in the wort, turn on the water and stir.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
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I use a wort chiller now but it's not big enough for 10 gallons. It's only a 25' coil.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:43 PM   #7
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When you turn on the cold water...you can either stir the wort around the chiller or actually swooosh the chiller around the wort. THAT get the temp down big time!
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:18 PM   #8
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-...-needs-123585/

Great info on what you can expect based on the size of your tun and your efficiency.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:37 AM   #9
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Nice link! Thanks.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:46 AM   #10
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No problem, glad to help. Good luck with whatever route you choose.


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