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Old 12-28-2007, 07:00 PM   #1
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Just picked up a 50 quart Maxcold cooler from Academy for $25 All grain here I come. Should I go ahead and spring for the stainless steel ball valve, also anyone see any problem with using the Bazooka Screen instead of a braid?



 
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:17 PM   #2
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Bazooka screen costs a lot more. I fitted my Igloo 48qt with (non-S/S) ball valve and DIY toilet-supply S/S braid for about 13 bucks total, all parts found at Menards.

Coworker of mine did dual Bazooka screens in his Igloo 48qt with a custom CPVC 3/4" manifold..... but he spent $40 on screens alone.

I like saving money though, after how friggin' much I spend on other stuff. Like ingredients. And kegging equipment.


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Old 12-28-2007, 07:22 PM   #3
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Do you have plenty of room in your cooler for large grain bills?

 
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:26 PM   #4
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Not really. Well. ...... OK, it's not that simple.

"Large" meaning a fairly full 1.060 beer, with about 14 lbs total grain weight, no problem at all. Easy.

"LARGE" meaning the 08-08-08 RIS I brewed yesterday, 1.088 with 17.7 lbs grain weight ... it was still decidedly under the max volume of my mash tun, but it was on the full side. I couldn't go higher than probably 19, maybe 20 total lbs grain weight.

For the RIS, my dough-in was 5.5 gal, and my sparge was 3.75 gal. The sparge was definitely close to overflowing. Two 2-gal batch sparges could have been helpful.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:45 PM   #5
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Maybe I will switch it out for the 70 quart, it is only $5 bucks more.

 
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:12 PM   #6
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i'd go for that. you'll want to brew some bigger beers in the future
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:43 PM   #7
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I use the Coleman Xtreme 70 quart for 10 gallon batches. There is a lot of room in there! IMHO, it is too big for 5 gallons. Remember, 70 quarts = 17.5 gallons. That's darn near twice the size of the 10 gallon coolers that a lot of people use.
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Thanks for the input guys. Thats what I like about this forum, someone else has already spent the money and found the right equipment.

 
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:21 PM   #9
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I use the Coleman Xtreme 70 quart for 10 gallon batches. There is a lot of room in there! IMHO, it is too big for 5 gallons. Remember, 70 quarts = 17.5 gallons. That's darn near twice the size of the 10 gallon coolers that a lot of people use.
I have the 80qt and it has worked just fine when I do 5 gallons. It's not that big really. It's just tall and long but not very wide so you still get a good grain bed.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:54 PM   #10
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If you are batch sparging, a shallow grain bed in a big cooler works just fine. The only difficulty would be heat loss from the large surface area relative to the depth of the grain.

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