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Old 04-18-2007, 11:25 PM   #11
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I bought a 10 gallon Rubbermaid at Home Depot yesterday. $39.99


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Old 04-19-2007, 01:46 AM   #12
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OK, I called Home Depot (This time on the west side)

They have the ten gallon for 39.99. Nice!

Anyway to make it so that you only need to have bought one cooler?

I rewatched the DVD on making beer and it shows two you need.


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So, if I understand this correct, you might not need another 10 gallon cooler but the second one could be a 5 gallon cooler?
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So, if I understand this correct, you might not need another 10 gallon cooler but the second one could be a 5 gallon cooler?
I never liked the idea of hauling hot water above my head to load the HLT. There is some good info here on batch sparging, >> http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/
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bloke, i searched high and low for 5/8 washers in madison. finally found them at menards, in the nuts and bolts dept (hardware, IIRC). patience was of great importance(lots to sort through), otherwise i would have thrown the hands up in disgust.
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Batch sparge = easier
Does everyone feel this way? Having done both, I find batch FASTER, but fly easier. With batch, you're vorlaufing more than once, stirring, measuring out water additions. With fly, you vorlauf, set the outflow, set the inflow, and walk away for 45 minutes. I suppose there's more possibility for trouble (stuck sparges) with fly, but it feels like less work to me, not more. To me, the benefits of batch are speed (you can really just let the outflow rip), and maybe higher efficiency (in my few batch sparges thus far, I have seen ~80 vs. 75 for fly).

I dont care so much about the few extra points of yield... as long as the efficiency is reasonably predictable. So I batch when I'm in a hurry, and fly when I have more time and want to do other things whle I'm brewing (like RDWHAHB)
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OK, I did go to the Menards on the Eastside near Monona Drive.

They only claim they had the rubber fenders but not the regular.

Again, maybe the westside has them? But not the eastside.

If so this is a messed up town.
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So, if I understand this correct, you might not need another 10 gallon cooler but the second one could be a 5 gallon cooler?
Yes, that's right. I really advocate this setup because if grainbed depth is an issue for you (e.g., brewing a lighter beer), then you have the option of using the 5 gallon cooler for the mash. Either way, use one cooler for the mash (pick the best size) and the other becomes a place to hold your hot sparge water.

You don't NEED the second cooler, but it is handy and then you only need one pot instead of two!
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Does everyone feel this way?

LOL.. .in the world of Home Brewing, you will NEVER find something that EVERYONE agrees with, except mabey that beer is good *grin*

I fly sparge when I am at my buddies house using his equipment, but I batch sparge every batch I brew. Personally, I found it easier and more efficient to batch sparge. Pour my strike water, walk away for an hour. Come back, Vorlauf for about 30 sec, crack that ball valve wide open and watch it drain. Stir in sparge water, walk away again for 15 min, lather rinse repeat.


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