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Old 08-11-2008, 02:20 PM   #1
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I haven't been able to find a round 10 gallon cooler for anything cheaper than $60. Is there anyone that can find them cheaper? Going with that, this doesn't seem like too bad of a deal. It comes with the false bottom and cooler adapter. Does anyone have this setup? Does it perform well?


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Old 08-11-2008, 02:36 PM   #2
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Try this site they were the cheapest I found for just a cooler. But you will have to add the valve and false bottom yourself

http://www.toolup.com/rubbermaid/1610.html

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Sports Authority or other sports store might be the way to go. They are probably trying to get rid of some of their rectangular coolers. Just buy one of those and go to HD for the ss braid and valve stuff. I bought a 12.5 gallon cooler for ~$30 with tax.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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Home Depot sells the cooler for $39.95. They work great! $60 for the whole shooting match is not a bad deal at all.

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:59 PM   #5
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Home Depot sells the cooler for $39.95. They work great! $60 for the whole shooting match is not a bad deal at all.

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Old 08-11-2008, 04:20 PM   #6
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The midwest link for the MLT is for $120.

I built one using a Home Depot 10 gallon cooler and the bulkhead/ball valve from Austin Homebrew Supply, and a stainless braid from Lowe's for about $75.

Cooler from HD $40
Bulkhead, Brass Valve, & two Brass Barbs, $27.66
Stainless Water supply hose from Lowes, $7
Stainless Worm Clamp from Lowe's 2 for $0.88

Total cost $ 75.54

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:49 PM   #7
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Round coolers are pricey, square coolers are cheap. $15 for my rectangular 48qt from Wal-Mart. Then $6 for a valve, $4 for random fittings, and $5 for a toilet hose to make a S/S manifold. $30 total project.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:16 PM   #8
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I wonder why the square coolers are cheaper than the round coolers?

 
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:36 PM   #9
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Sorry if I misled saying the MLT from midwest was $60. I was trying to piece together their system and it seemed decently priced. It includes the 10 gallon cooler, false bottom and cooler conversion. $120 didn't seem like too bad of a price since the false bottoms are around $45 and the conversion kits about $30.

I'm thinking I want the false bottom as opposed to the stainless braid.
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Hmmm. I've never understood why people like false bottoms, they seem "finicky" unless you're planning to fly sparge. BUT, I still respect your preference....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...800#post794800 <- Is a link to a thread about building your own false bottom for a rectangle/square cooler. Yuri (see the last pic) is using an Ice Cube cooler, you can find those for about $30 for a good-sized one at Wallymart or Target or wherever you shop. (Especially since we're getting near the end of summer, watch for those clearance sales!!!) Then used pre-holed stainless, cut to size, and attached "feet".

I'll especially never understand peoples' affinity to their round coolers, since they're small and limited in grain capacity, but hey! To each their own. The only "convincing" argument I've read has been storage space... But I just store my rectangle cooler with on its side. But i'm sure it's just like aluminum kettles or IC vs CFC or any of the myriad of other "hot" debates that we homebrewers will always have.
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