Originally Posted by seefresh
I just don't know about a 5 gal cooler Beirmuncher. I've only had my 28qt cooler, but I've filled it full with some bigger beers. Don't see how I could get away with that in a 5 gal.
Well, the biggest beer I did was a 7% porter and it seemed to work okay.
I usually lean towards the meium to lighter ABV's though, so generally it was never a problem.
Like I said though, if there's a 5 and 10 gallon sitting next to each other, grab the 10. Life will be easier, especially if (when) you move to 10 gallon batches.