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Old 09-07-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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I just started trying a mini-mash, and have been using the techniques in the thread on this site.

But now I'm wondering would it be easier/better to construct a cooler based mash unit. It seems like once made it would be easier to simply add your water and let sit for an hour vs. the straining bag, etc.

I was thinking of a 5-gal. setup.


PS: didn't mean boiling with bag as its steeping.

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Old 09-07-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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The grain bag technique is ideal for people who don't want to mess around with cooler conversion. I'd agree though that the cooler with a braid installed makes it fool proof and convenient.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:34 PM   #3
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I am not sure if you steeping roasted grains and or mashing base malts. The cooler conversion is definitely easier and likely a bit more efficient.

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Old 09-07-2008, 06:32 PM   #4
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I messed around with the bag method twice when starting to do partial mashes. The first time went well but the second time was just a giant PITA. The next day I converted a cooler into a mash tun with a stainless steel braided hose and haven't looked back since.

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