Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > 5 gallon or 10 gallon mashtun?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-23-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
jhmd2000
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1
Default 5 gallon or 10 gallon mashtun?

Folks,

Two year extract brewer making the leap to all-grain. I am going to build a mashtun out of a single rubbermaid cooler and order the interior parts from NB. Curious if anyone has any recs on the size of the mashtun: do most people build a five gallon one, or do they go to 10? Ideally, I'd like to be able to brew ten gallon finished batches, but could I get away with additional spargings to get up to the required preboil volume?

Thanks in advance.


jhmd2000 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2012, 03:28 PM   #2
F250
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jefferson City, MO
Posts: 516
Liked 36 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 82

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jhmd2000 View Post
Folks,

Two year extract brewer making the leap to all-grain. I am going to build a mashtun out of a single rubbermaid cooler and order the interior parts from NB. Curious if anyone has any recs on the size of the mashtun: do most people build a five gallon one, or do they go to 10? Ideally, I'd like to be able to brew ten gallon finished batches, but could I get away with additional spargings to get up to the required preboil volume?

Thanks in advance.
Good question. I too am about ready to make the jump to all grain. I'm thinking about trying the BIAB method first, at the least it seems a little simpler and if I can get the results I want, well.....

Rick


__________________
Primary - Big Pale Citra Ale (AG)(1.063)
Secondary - Bitter (AG)
Bottled - Best Bitter, Bitter, SNPA clone
On deck - Tank #7 clone.
F250 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
logdrum
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North Olmsted, Ohio
Posts: 840
Liked 46 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

I just converted a Coleman extreme 52 qt for use as a mash tun for mostly 5 gal. batches. My previous MLT was a cheapie Igloo 52 qt from target that was fine, but lost more heat than this new one-it eventually cracked. I also bought a 10 gal. Igloo drink cooler that I used for several batches, but for batch sparging I feel the rectangular cooler is a better fit.

All that being said, the few 10 gal. batches I've made with either of these set ups would have been impossible, so my recommendation is go with the larger cooler, and if your intent is to batch sparge, go with a rectangular cooler. I got mine from Sears for about $32-the last batch I made I lost 0 degrees in an hour. HTH
logdrum is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2012, 03:33 PM   #4
Brulosopher
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Brulosopher's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,867
Liked 292 Times on 223 Posts
Likes Given: 199

Default

I use a rectangular 70 quart Coleman Xtreme for 6-12 gallon batches. It works great and costs $40 from Amazon + free shipping!
__________________
Brulosophy is a place to experiment with home brews. If you've had a crazy idea or wondered how something worked please visit us at Brulosophy.com!

Latest Article from Brulosophy: Sloppy Old Slurry Starter vs. Fresh Yeast | exBEERiment Results!

List of exBEERiments

How To Easily Harvest Clean Yeast from Starters

Make Good Lager in Less Time!

Marshall "Brulosopher" Schott
Brulosopher is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2012, 03:34 PM   #5
stpug
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,200
Liked 542 Times on 463 Posts
Likes Given: 325

Default

For brewing 10 gallon batches the smallest size MLT you'd want is 10 gallon, but many folks use a 15 gallon converted sanke keg or 50+ quart rectangular cooler for their 10 gallon batches. Just for a point of reference, a 10 gallon cooler is the most common size used for even 5 gallon batches.

Think about your grainbill amounts, your water to grain ratio, and then plug those number into the "Can I Mash It?" calculator found on this page:
http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml
stpug is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2012, 03:35 PM   #6
logdrum
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North Olmsted, Ohio
Posts: 840
Liked 46 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by logdrum
I just converted a Coleman extreme 52 qt for use as a mash tun for mostly 5 gal. batches. My previous MLT was a cheapie Igloo 52 qt from target that was fine, but lost more heat than this new one-it eventually cracked. I also bought a 10 gal. Igloo drink cooler that I used for several batches, but for batch sparging I feel the rectangular cooler is a better fit.

All that being said, the few 10 gal. batches I've made with either of these set ups would have been impossible, so my recommendation is go with the larger cooler, and if your intent is to batch sparge, go with a rectangular cooler. I got mine from Sears for about $32-the last batch I made I lost 0 degrees in an hour. HTH
Should read "impossible with a 5 gal. cooler"


logdrum is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - 2 Conical Fermenters (7.5 gallon) + 5 Gallon Mashtun swackattack For Sale 29 09-10-2013 07:22 PM
Melted my 2 gallon cooler mashtun today..... JoesInBoston All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 14 12-23-2012 07:54 PM
For Sale - 10 Gallon mashtun for sale/trade Thundercougarfalconbird For Sale 3 06-24-2011 05:01 AM
How much grain in a 10 gallon Igloo Mashtun? Desert_Sky Equipment/Sanitation 3 01-01-2007 11:52 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS