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Old 02-24-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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My fiance just bought this massive cooler from costco on saturday. She thought it would be good for out parties and what not. I thought it could be good for making some beer. I have yet to move to a complete all grain and use a mashtun and everything. What do you guys think? is it too big, Is anyone using this?
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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That is a pretty dang big cooler. I've seen those monsters at Costco. I'm thinking its to big for a 5 gallon grain bill to get any kind of grain bed.

 
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:27 AM   #3
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That's what I was afraid of. What about a 10 to 15 gal brew?
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:37 AM   #4
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When you are ready for grain brewing then just buy a good sized cooler for your needs. I am not sure I would start out with 10-15 gallons brews. For what it's worth will you use a 165 qt. cooler all that often?

 
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:42 AM   #5
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A buddy of mine got one of these and it's huge. He hasn't tried a 5 gallon brew with it yet, but I told him the same thing - that he might have problems with mashing properly. He said he's going to try one here in a couple of weeks and if he does I'll report back the results.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:59 AM   #6
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That would be great pm me or write on here on how it went. Yes we will be using this thing a lot. We just used it for two of my kegs at my sons birthday party and it worked great. Then we used it this weekend for a bunch of beer water and soda at my buddies house warming party
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I would think a 165 qt. cooler would be perfect for 20 - 40 gallon batches.

 
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:14 PM   #8
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I would think a 165 qt. cooler would be perfect for 20 - 40 gallon batches.
It would be GREAT for 20 gallon batches and would work good for ten but not for a 5 gallon batch.
Unless you are going to go with a min of 10 gal then sure use this but if not then don't. Remember, the more you mash the more you boil. I have a 20 gallon MLT and it works great for both 5 and 10 gal but if I want to go bigger (which I can) I need to get a larger kettle,
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:31 PM   #9
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Costco is also currently selling those 70 quart maxcold coolers that are a much more reasonable size. They also work as great fermentation chambers, which is why I picked up two!

 
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