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Old 06-16-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Sam's Club 5 gallons

Sam's is selling these for 32usd, I might buy one and mash with it, but it is only 5 gallons. The legs fold back up and they are pretty strong.

What does everyone think?

Is 5 gallons big enough?
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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Seems fine. Guessing it would top out at 12 pounds of grain. Looks pretty cool with the legs I might have to check one out.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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IMO a 5g cooler will have some serious limitations. I'd pay the few extra bucks and get a 10g.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:54 PM   #4
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I like the legs... You could probably get 15 lbs in there if you mash thick. However that's almost the same price as a 10 gallon cooler so why not just get that.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:58 PM   #5
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If you ever plan on doing 10 gallon batches or high gravity 5 gallon batches in the future, than I would go for the 10 gallon- you won't regret it. I stinks having to essentially repurchase equipment when you upgrade one component of your system. But the legs are pretty sweet.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:51 PM   #6
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for my first mash tun, I just picked up one blue igloo cooler, just to the left of this one. it's about 15 gallons.. cubed shape and was $27. The label said it will "keep cool" for 4 days and the seal and insulation looked pretty decent.

the only "issue" i could see is that the spigot is on the back.. for $27 i can work around that..

here's a better pic http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-60-Q...Cooler/5663765

Anyone have any experience with this cooler?
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:56 PM   #7
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for my first mash tun, I just picked up one blue igloo cooler, just to the left of this one. it's about 15 gallons.. cubed shape and was $27. The label said it will "keep cool" for 4 days and the seal and insulation looked pretty decent.

the only "issue" i could see is that the spigot is on the back.. for $27 i can work around that..

here's a better pic http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-60-Q...Cooler/5663765

Anyone have any experience with this cooler?
I use that as my swamp cooler, so if it doesn't work out as a mash tun there is always that. Holds temps great. I used to lager in it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #8
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if anyone else is interested, I just found a good write up on converting the 15 gal igloo cooler on the northern brewer forum.

http://forum.northernbrewer.com/view...p?f=5&t=100874
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Looks cool but I don't know if the legs are worth the extra cash.
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That's the identical cooler I use for my mash tun. I added the valve on the opposite side of the spigot. The only issue I have... the side wall seems a little thin. I was worried the side walls wouldn't hold up when I added the ball valve. Two years later... no problems. Holds temps with very well even for long mashes.
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