« on: October 03, 2012, 05:21:02 PM »
I just completed my first 10 gallon batch (foreign extra stout) this weekend! I used two converted 15 1/2 gallon SS kegs I got for cheap and a newly acquired 60qt cooler. I actually have a third keg I'm considering using as a mash tun but I'm not sure how to keep my mash temp and not confident that a direct-fired option won't result in some burnt wort. I also used a home-made three tiered rig I put together using those slide-together wire shelves and some angle iron. I used a home-made IC and had my S.O. help me put the BK into an ice bath after flameout. It took me about 1/2 an hour (with an occasional stirring) to get down to 75°. As a side note, I mashed at 1.3qt/lb. with 37lbs of grain and it filled my cooler up to within an inch of the top. And, with 13 gallons of wort, made about 15 minutes of vigilance (and a good spray bottle) at the beginning of the boil a necessity.