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Old 03-11-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Im deciding between these two coolers, which one would be best for 5 gal batches.

http://www.sears.com/coleman-48-quar...1&blockType=G1

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http://www.igloo-store.com/detail/IGL+ICE+CUBE

 
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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I'd go for the Coleman, mostly because it's cheaper and already has a drain hole to adapt to a spigot.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:43 AM   #3
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The Coleman is cheaper and looks easier to work with.

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:51 AM   #4
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That was my original thought but now, I keep reading about the depth of the grain bed. Seems like the square igloo cooler would give me better depth

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:23 AM   #5
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Shop around, I picked up one of the Igloo cubes in the 60qt at Walmart for $25. Might be a little bigger than you need but thats rarely a problem.

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:29 AM   #6
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I use a cube, just need to build a manifold correctly and I have maybe a cup of water left.

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:46 AM   #7
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I built mine using the Igloo Ice Cube linked in the OP, but mine was purchased on sale at Target for something like $18. Not sure why it costs over twice as much now.

The additional costs for the Igloo have already been stated; most of them do not have a drain hole/plug built-in, which means you need to drill one out. There is already a convenient spot on the bulkhead with an appropriate dip on the bottom to help drain to it. It's like they designed it to have the hole & plug, but decided not to add it at the last minute. Anyway, you need to buy parts from your hardware store or some place like bargainfittings to do the cooler bulkhead valve. I think the 60 qt ice cube DOES already have the drain hole/plug in there, though.

The Coleman doesn't insulate quite as well as the Igloo, but it's sufficient for most people's needs and you can adapt it to an MLT a bit more easily than the ice cube. I have brewed using one a couple times over the last few weeks and it worked great. Maintained temps great.Granted, this is in SoCal so the lowest temps on brew day were probably high 50's. I did have to stick something under the back to tilt it a bit so it would drain better when sparging.



The thing that I like about my Ice Cube, though, is that after the mash I clean it out, take it inside and stick the fermenter in there, and fill it up with water so I can control fermentation temps with it. I don't think I could fit a fermenter in the coleman.

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:45 AM   #8
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Clearly I spent far too much on my Igloo 40qt. industrial water cooler; including the ball valve and false bottom, I must have spent $140. OTOH, it does work very well, replacing the fittings was simple, and it insulates like a charm. I had had a Rubbermaid 22qt model before that, and aside from the inadequate capacity, it didn't insulate as well; I now use it for, well, keeping water cool.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:38 PM   #9
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I like the Coleman, too. I have a Coleman w/ wheels, which is actually a pain - the spout is at a 45 angle and I can't use the wheels due to the length of the ball valve & barb.

The Ice Cube appears to not have a drain (per Amazon reviews) -- this is a show stopper.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:50 PM   #10
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I have a 60qt ice cube, and it does have a drain although its elevated and at an angle so your manifold requires a little more thinking to make it work. I can post pics of it

 
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