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Old 04-10-2008, 05:27 PM   #11
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I've got a 10 Gal. Gott Industrial since they are owned by Rubbermaid I don't know what the difference might be but a lot of folks have reported their Rubbermaids warped on the inside the Gott seems a little more expensive.

I don't think you can go wrong with a Max Cold or Extreme. If I had it to do all over again I'd I get a 48 qt or larger.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:13 PM   #12
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I have two 10 gal round Rubbermaid coolers really cheap, and they are great. Neither has shown any sign of warping, and they hold temps REALLY well (1 degree loss in 60 mins after pre-heating). They are a tried-and-true favourite for homebrewers.

Having said that, any well constructed rectangular cooler should work well, especially if you are batch sparging. They are considerably cheaper, typically, for those on a tight budget.

 
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:01 PM   #13

My original mash tun was a Rubbermaid, but the interior walls warped after ~a year. I replaced it with a 50qt. Igloo MaxCold and have been really happy with it. It's been going strong for nearly two years now. It was much easier to convert than my Rubbermaid, too.

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:26 AM   #14
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Question for those who use a Coleman Extreme:
What kind of manifold (braided hose, pipe, etc.) do you use?

I'd like to stick with the braided hose set-up because I already have the parts!

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:40 AM   #15
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Question for those who use a Coleman Extreme:
What kind of manifold (braided hose, pipe, etc.) do you use?

I'd like to stick with the braided hose set-up because I already have the parts!
Users choice, you could use the braided hose, PVC, or copper.
I myself am using copper, just not sure if I am going to drill a million holes, or cut slots.

I have the Coleman Xtreme 70, found it in my attic! I had forgotten that I had it.

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:54 AM   #16
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I'll play devil's advocate here since I'm one of those who owns a Ice cube mash tun (I got it for free so I didn't have to make a financial decision on a cooler for a MT):

How long do you really mash for? Its great that some of these extreme coolers can hold ice for 5 days, but most people typically mash for no longer than 60 minutes. On top of that,of the malts we mash are highly modified and convert in something like 20-30minutes...so I don't really see the point of a cooler and sustains mash temps +/-1degree for 6-7hours.

Just my 0.02

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:05 PM   #17
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I have a ten gallon rubbermaid and although it has warped a little bit on one side it doesn't effect the performance and hold temp to the degree for 60min. I couldn't be happier.

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:52 PM   #18

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Question for those who use a Coleman Extreme:
What kind of manifold (braided hose, pipe, etc.) do you use?...
CVPC. Easy to assemble and works great.
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I'll play devil's advocate here... How long do you really mash for? Its great that some of these extreme coolers can hold ice for 5 days, but most people typically mash for no longer than 60 minutes. ...
60-90 mins. And don't be fooled by the marketing BS. They won't hold a steady temp for one day, much less five days. A buddy had one and his ice turned to water sitting outside on an 80oF day for 24 hrs.! But they are well made coolers and that's what you want.

I want my temp to stay constant for as long as possible. If my target is 156oF and I hit 156oF dead-on, I expect it to stay there. A well made, tight-fitting, highly insulated cooler will do the job. I do a lot or brewing in winter and the last thing I want to see is any tell-tale signs of steam escaping my mash tun!

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:05 PM   #19
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Coleman extreme 80qt here and I use a 3/4" dia copper manifold.
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Old 04-15-2008, 02:00 AM   #20
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What size are your brews, 5or 10 gallons? I also just bought one from Wal-Mart, I am a liitle concerned that it will be too big when I make a 5 gallon batch.

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