Cooler into mash tun questions

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What is the minimum size a cooler needs to be?

If the outer wall of a cooler is cracked but the inside of the cooler is fine and holds water, is the insulation factor lost?
 

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You can use a 5gal, but 10gal is better. If you are approaching high gravity beers with lots of grain, you might need more than 5.

I would think it would be ok - not bad but not good. Might lose more temp than normal, but I don't see it being drastic. That is depending on the crack.
 

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What is the minimum size a cooler needs to be?
Five gallons, if you want to make 5 gallon batches all grain.


If the outer wall of a cooler is cracked but the inside of the cooler is fine and holds water, is the insulation factor lost?
I would think so. If it doesn't hold maybe you can wrap a blanket around it or something.
 

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Five gallons, if you want to make 5 gallon batches all grain.
That's a bit of misinformation. If you want to make average gravity beers, 5 gallons is ok. You can't make a big barleywine or a RIS in a 5 gallon tun. I've needed 27 pounds of grain, and it just isn't happening in something that small.
 
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