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Old 10-13-2008, 10:25 PM   #1
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I'm trying to decide between a 5 and 10 gallon MLT. Should I really be concerned about dead space in the MLT?
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:28 PM   #2
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No, don't worry about deadspace. Get the 10 gallon. If you want to do all-grain, you will need to have one bigger than 5 gallons.

Don't forget that you will have a false bottom, plus you are going to have a bunch of grains, plus water in there.

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Old 10-13-2008, 10:29 PM   #3

Go for the 10- it will give you the flexibility to both BIG 5 gallon batches and moderate sized 10 gallon batches. With a 5 gallon cooler, your max grain bill will be about 15# if you do a thick (1 qt/lb) mash. If you are concerned about dead space and temperature loss, a two-inch thick piece of foam insulation laid on top of the grain bed will give you rock-solid temperature stability, IME.

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Old 10-13-2008, 10:29 PM   #4
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When brewing big beers, it's really nice to have the extra space for grain.

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:16 PM   #5
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Surely go for the 10 gallon, you won't regret it, I think the home depot 10 gallon is 39.99, well that's what I paid anyways last winter.

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Old 10-14-2008, 01:34 AM   #6
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Go for the 10 Gallon Cooler. I started with a five and quickly ended up upgrading to the ten. More room for large grain bills, and mash out if you want to do one.

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Old 10-14-2008, 02:26 AM   #7
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10 gallon definitely. see my thread titled "parti-gyle file"

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