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Old 11-16-2011, 05:29 AM   #1
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So I got a 13 gallon kettle, planning on making 10gallon batches but I need a mash tun.what is the easiest way to make one? I've seen the igloo ones and was wondering if its cheaper to make it myself and if the mash tun needs to be 10 gallons or if I sparge can it be smaller? Any help would be greatly appreciated

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:36 AM   #2
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a $40 10 gallon cooler from home despot and some fittings from Bargain Fittings and off you go.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:59 AM   #3
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I just made one, though I made it using a rectangular cooler instead of a round one. 53 qt (little over 13 gal) cooler at target cost me $22, and then about $30 in parts I pieced together from home depot. Wish I had seen eastoak's link before hand, would have made life a bit easier.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:20 AM   #4
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Making your own MLT is easy. I would, however, recommend a larger cooler than 10 gallons for 10 gallon batches. I use a 5 gallon Igloo for 5 gallon batches, and I find that it is too small for bigger beers. I can fit 15 lbs of grain at 1qt/lb.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:29 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help and yea getting one a little bigger does makes sense too

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:38 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by eastoak
a $40 10 gallon cooler from home despot and some fittings from Bargain Fittings and off you go.
Just checked out the fittings seems expensive, with the kettle screen I'm not using a false bottom right?

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:57 PM   #7
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You need to use a false bottom or some sort of manifold. A bazooka screen work as well.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:14 PM   #8
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Just checked out the fittings seems expensive, with the kettle screen I'm not using a false bottom right?
right. there are a few ways to skin this cat and i posted bargain fittings because he's on these boards and gives good service, you can find the parts elsewhere but i'm not sure if there are savings to be had.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:58 PM   #9
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I'd recommend something like the 72 quart ice cube cooler and either build a manifold or use a stainless braid. Stainless fittings are slightly more expensive than brass, but they stay cleaner longer.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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If you go with the HD 10 gallon round bev cooler, you can follow flyguys wiki or thread. I put a bazooka screen in there, cuz that's what I had, before I made my copper manifold here on page 4; Flickr: Mad Scientist Brewhaus' Photostream

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