Mashtun Question - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Mashtun Question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-21-2013, 06:14 AM   #11
hoppyhoppyhippo
 
hoppyhoppyhippo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
New Brunswick, NJ
Posts: 2,708
Liked 409 Times on 334 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by helibrewer View Post
I think an 8 gallon kettle is minimum for a 5 gallon batches. I used an 8 gallon turkey fryer before moving up to my 20 gallon kettle. A general rule-of-thumb is to have a kettle that is twice your batch size.

I'm not sure I understand your kettle spigot question. If you are using the kettle as your HLT also you would need a spigot to fly sparge. If you batch sparge, you can just pour from the HLT into the MLT or use a large saucepan/pitcher to transfer the HLT water to the MLT for sparing.

For fly sparging you need gravity (2-tier system) or a pump (single-tier) to get from the HLT to the MLT...hence the spigot requirement if using your kettle as the HLT. The problem is, with fly sparging you need to be draining the MLT at the same rate as you are filling it so a third vessel is required (hard to use your kettle dual purpose fly sparging).
Yes my plan with that would be to use my kettle as a HLT. I'm kicking around a lot of ideas. I'm also considering picking up a Blichmann kettle since the guys at the LHBS rave about it and it's ability to hold temps so long term I would like to get 3 of them for my mash, lauter and kettel to run an EB system but I'm debating on just starting with one for the HLT like a 20 gallon with the auto-sparge.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 06:33 AM   #12
iaefebs
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
West Coast, MI
Posts: 2,674
Liked 245 Times on 177 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by hoppyhoppyhippo View Post
Thanks for the advise, I was just wondering cause someone near me is selling a 5 gallon igloo cooler for 10 but if it won't work no reason to spend the money I need to spend converting it. The extra 40 bucks for the Rubbermaid 10 gallon at Lowes will work out better for me.
The cost to convert a 5 or 10 gallon Igloo is the same if you are using SS braid. For $10 I would buy the 5 and spend the savings (from purchasing a new 10 gallon) on the items needed to convert. Make some <1.050 beers and see if you like brewing all grain. Then if you want to move to a larger cooler you can take all the stuff you used to convert the 5, put it into the next cooler, replace the original equipment back on the 5 and sell it for $10.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 07:23 AM   #13
501irishred
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
501irishred's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2012
Benton, Arkansas
Posts: 1,251
Liked 128 Times on 101 Posts


Another idea....in most cases you can get away with 5gal cooler for a HLT. You may have to up your mash to a little over 1.25qt/lb ratio in some cases, but no big deal.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 01:24 PM   #14
patthebrewer
 
patthebrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
, allenwood, nj
Posts: 688
Liked 56 Times on 49 Posts


I used a five gallon cooler tun(5 gallon batches) for years before upgrading(I do larger batches now).The Most Grain I used in my five gallon tun was 16lbs, with decent effeciency. You just have to sparge more to get the volume you want. The one issue I have noticed is if you are doing smaller beers, or smaller batches is that you hold heat better with the smaller tun, and it becomes more critical that you pre-heat the larger one. Thick mash, and less free space in the tun contirbute to better heat retention in my experience.....as always, your results may vary.
__________________
Manasquan River Brewing LLC

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blue CUBE mashtun question... crazyseany Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 10-18-2011 03:01 AM
Moving to all grain Mashtun question DirtyDachshunds All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 24 05-20-2011 09:50 PM
Mashtun question Buck33 Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 5 04-10-2011 04:39 PM
new igloo extreme mashtun question Philsfan All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 03-16-2010 11:44 PM
Converted Keg/Mashtun question whiskey_pickle Equipment/Sanitation 7 03-15-2010 10:36 PM


Forum Jump