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Title: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: golfgod04 on January 04, 2017, 09:41:13 am
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler (https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler) cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 04, 2017, 09:47:46 am
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler (https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler) cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.


Yep, I have one. I used a braid with a bulkhead/valve conversion for years. I recently pulled the braid in favor of one of these - love the results so far.

http://www.brewinabag.com/collections/frontpage/products/copy-of-the-brew-bag-a-mash-tun-filter-for-coolers-rectangular
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: golfgod04 on January 04, 2017, 10:11:36 am
does the braided hose act as the filter?
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 04, 2017, 10:15:17 am
does the braided hose act as the filter?

Yeah, it does and works pretty well. But since I made the change to the custom cooler bag, there was no need for a braid since the bag is a very fine mesh.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: golfgod04 on January 04, 2017, 10:25:53 am
im brewing on a budget and i cant afford the bag too at this point.  I see many conversions of the round igloo cooler but not the square 52 quart
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 04, 2017, 10:28:25 am
I see many conversions of the round igloo cooler but not the square 52 quart


Many brewers here use rectangular coolers including Denny (has to be blue for optimum performance, though). They work great. The Extreme hold temp really well, as I'm sure most of the others do.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: denny on January 04, 2017, 11:49:17 am
im brewing on a budget and i cant afford the bag too at this point.  I see many conversions of the round igloo cooler but not the square 52 quart

You need the Cheap'n'Easy system...www.dennybrew.com
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: bayareabrewer on January 04, 2017, 12:05:45 pm
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler (https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler) cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.

that's what I use. I got mine on sale at Walmart. It works fine, my only complaint is that due to its large size, very low gravity 5 gallon grain bills are spread very thin and lose more temperature during the mash.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: 802Chris on January 04, 2017, 01:29:55 pm
Since it's blue and not red, it will make crummy beer ;)

In seriousness, this cooler has been used by many and should not disappoint. As for the screen/filter I found a good steal on a stainless steel braided hose made for water heaters. It worked much better and was a lot cheaper than the SS ones made for toilets etc. Don't be afraid to ask and look around, I think I made my mash tun for $30 including cooler, line and ball valve.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: Slowbrew on January 04, 2017, 01:40:44 pm
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: denny on January 04, 2017, 02:25:09 pm
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: bmilford on January 04, 2017, 04:38:06 pm
You can buy a large shear curtain for less than $10 and just drape it over the sides of the cooler. Gather it together and tie a rope around it to hoist it out to drain the cooler.

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Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: golfgod04 on January 04, 2017, 06:21:11 pm
Since it's blue and not red, it will make crummy beer ;)

In seriousness, this cooler has been used by many and should not disappoint. As for the screen/filter I found a good steal on a stainless steel braided hose made for water heaters. It worked much better and was a lot cheaper than the SS ones made for toilets etc. Don't be afraid to ask and look around, I think I made my mash tun for $30 including cooler, line and ball valve.

How did you do that?  So  far I can get the cooler for $22, the bulkhead and extra pieces for $30 and then the bazooka screen for $8
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: 802Chris on January 05, 2017, 05:42:19 am
Since it's blue and not red, it will make crummy beer ;)

In seriousness, this cooler has been used by many and should not disappoint. As for the screen/filter I found a good steal on a stainless steel braided hose made for water heaters. It worked much better and was a lot cheaper than the SS ones made for toilets etc. Don't be afraid to ask and look around, I think I made my mash tun for $30 including cooler, line and ball valve.

How did you do that?  So  far I can get the cooler for $22, the bulkhead and extra pieces for $30 and then the bazooka screen for $8

I got my cooler, a 44 Qt Coleman, on sale for 18.99, the SS braid (large water heater style) was clearance for $3, and I use a brass ball valve/nipple which was around 5-6 bucks. If you wanted to go all stainless, Check out Bargainfittings.com, they always have super low prices on SS fitting for all sorts of brewing needs, but you'll have to account for shipping. It was really just a matter of shopping around local hardware and big box stores for deals/coupons etc.

Denny's system would probably be even cheaper, especially if you don't want to bother with building a bulkhead style system for a metal ball valve as it's really not necessary.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: Slowbrew on January 05, 2017, 03:34:27 pm
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.

I can't disagree.

I built mine with a bulkhead and have never tried using it with anything else.

The bulkhead can cause the inner liner of the cooler to crack if over tightened.  You also may get a very small amount of leakage around the seals that I have never found a permanent way to fix.  I've never seen more than a teaspoon on any given brew day (I've had cars that leak more oil daily than that  :) ).

All in all it works but isn't perfect. 

Paul
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: golfgod04 on January 05, 2017, 04:30:18 pm
Since it's blue and not red, it will make crummy beer ;)

In seriousness, this cooler has been used by many and should not disappoint. As for the screen/filter I found a good steal on a stainless steel braided hose made for water heaters. It worked much better and was a lot cheaper than the SS ones made for toilets etc. Don't be afraid to ask and look around, I think I made my mash tun for $30 including cooler, line and ball valve.

How did you do that?  So  far I can get the cooler for $22, the bulkhead and extra pieces for $30 and then the bazooka screen for $8

I got my cooler, a 44 Qt Coleman, on sale for 18.99, the SS braid (large water heater style) was clearance for $3, and I use a brass ball valve/nipple which was around 5-6 bucks. If you wanted to go all stainless, Check out Bargainfittings.com, they always have super low prices on SS fitting for all sorts of brewing needs, but you'll have to account for shipping. It was really just a matter of shopping around local hardware and big box stores for deals/coupons etc.

Denny's system would probably be even cheaper, especially if you don't want to bother with building a bulkhead style system for a metal ball valve as it's really not necessary.

can you show me hat bulkhead and brass parts you used?  I have some spare brass parts that I already own and could use.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: BrewArk on January 06, 2017, 11:17:14 am
That's a great price for that cooler.  I have one and love it.  I also got a 70qt which I find bigger than most of my needs.  The 52 is my go to.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: denny on January 06, 2017, 11:21:05 am
I get much better draining without a bulkhead.  I urge you to try it that way first before you spring for a bulkhead
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: golfgod04 on January 09, 2017, 10:41:49 am
I already have the brass 1/2" ball valve and the brass barb for the outside. So I need the rod (I don't know what you call it) that goes into the cooler. I need a washer for the outside, a gasket/oring for the inside, and a locking nut for the inside. A friend has a spare coupler and bazooka screen.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: Sam G on January 11, 2017, 11:10:22 am
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.

I can't disagree.

I built mine with a bulkhead and have never tried using it with anything else.

The bulkhead can cause the inner liner of the cooler to crack if over tightened.  You also may get a very small amount of leakage around the seals that I have never found a permanent way to fix.  I've never seen more than a teaspoon on any given brew day (I've had cars that leak more oil daily than that  :) ).

All in all it works but isn't perfect. 

Paul
For my build on a different Coleman cooler, I ended up buying a piece of PVC pipe, cut it to length, used a dremel to increase the drain hole to fit the pipe, then used food grade silicone to seal either end. My bulkhead grips down on the pipe rather than the crushing insulation. Zero leaks and a nice tight fit for the bulkhead.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: narvin on January 11, 2017, 11:29:55 am
I get much better draining without a bulkhead.  I urge you to try it that way first before you spring for a bulkhead

Interesting, they're both 3/8in ID right?  I don't see why it would make a difference.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: denny on January 11, 2017, 11:59:41 am
I get much better draining without a bulkhead.  I urge you to try it that way first before you spring for a bulkhead

Interesting, they're both 3/8in ID right?  I don't see why it would make a difference.

The bulkhead held the braid up off the floor of the cooler, resulting in poorer draining.  By attaching the braid to a piece of flexible vinyl tubing, it not only lies flat on the bottom of the cooler, the tubing forms a siphon to aid draining.  Another situation where fancier and more expensive is not necessarily better.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: Slowbrew on January 11, 2017, 12:32:36 pm
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.

I can't disagree.

I built mine with a bulkhead and have never tried using it with anything else.

The bulkhead can cause the inner liner of the cooler to crack if over tightened.  You also may get a very small amount of leakage around the seals that I have never found a permanent way to fix.  I've never seen more than a teaspoon on any given brew day (I've had cars that leak more oil daily than that  :) ).

All in all it works but isn't perfect. 

Paul
For my build on a different Coleman cooler, I ended up buying a piece of PVC pipe, cut it to length, used a dremel to increase the drain hole to fit the pipe, then used food grade silicone to seal either end. My bulkhead grips down on the pipe rather than the crushing insulation. Zero leaks and a nice tight fit for the bulkhead.

Nice idea.  I'll keep it in mind the next time I disassemble it.

Thanks!

Paul
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: narvin on January 11, 2017, 12:55:13 pm
I get much better draining without a bulkhead.  I urge you to try it that way first before you spring for a bulkhead

Interesting, they're both 3/8in ID right?  I don't see why it would make a difference.

The bulkhead held the braid up off the floor of the cooler, resulting in poorer draining.  By attaching the braid to a piece of flexible vinyl tubing, it not only lies flat on the bottom of the cooler, the tubing forms a siphon to aid draining.  Another situation where fancier and more expensive is not necessarily better.

Ah, makes sense.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: Sam G on January 13, 2017, 03:47:31 pm
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.

I can't disagree.

I built mine with a bulkhead and have never tried using it with anything else.

The bulkhead can cause the inner liner of the cooler to crack if over tightened.  You also may get a very small amount of leakage around the seals that I have never found a permanent way to fix.  I've never seen more than a teaspoon on any given brew day (I've had cars that leak more oil daily than that  :) ).

All in all it works but isn't perfect. 

Paul
For my build on a different Coleman cooler, I ended up buying a piece of PVC pipe, cut it to length, used a dremel to increase the drain hole to fit the pipe, then used food grade silicone to seal either end. My bulkhead grips down on the pipe rather than the crushing insulation. Zero leaks and a nice tight fit for the bulkhead.

Nice idea.  I'll keep it in mind the next time I disassemble it.

Thanks!

Paul
Note: Denny's setup is far easier and way less on the wallet. For my setup, I wented Stainless steel and Camlock connections for everything.

Below is what I did for my mash tun so I can have a SS 2-way ball valve with Camlock connection, while not crushing the insulation. Most people don't need to go this route. I wanted to give a bit clearer directions so you won't run into issues if you opt for adding the PVC pipe for stability.

Don't cut into the inner wall of the cooler. Leaving the inner wall allows you to use the stock rubber gasket that came with the cooler so you don't lose waterproofing. The bulkhead should fit through the stock washer.

1. Center the PVC pipe over the outer drain hole
2. Draw the outer diameter of the pipe with marker on the outside cooler wall at the drain hole, as tight as possible to the edge of the pipe. I'd recommend using a fine tip marker
3. Use a dremel or similar tool to cut along the inside of the marked circle. You can always trim away, but cannot put back!
4. Cut away the outer cooler wall's plastic and begin to sculpt out the insulation foam to match the diameter. Don't go through inner cooler wall!
5. Do a test fit, and adjust accordingly.
6. Once satisfied with a snug fit, use the marker on the PVC pipe where you need to cut so that the pipe length will be flush with the outer cooler wall.
7. Cut PVC pipe along the inside of the mark from Step 6. Again, better off erring on the side of cut less initially.
8. Do a test fit, and adjust accordingly.
9. Test fit the pipe, bulkhead with outer rubber gasket/o-ring, stock inner wall rubber gasket that came with the cooler.
10. Confirm everything fits nicely and doesn't leak. For good measure, disassemble & toss some food grade/aquarium grade silicon around the PVC pipe, and then reassemble.

This took me all of 20 minutes once I gathered all parts and tools. Tip: Get the longer bulkhead for coolers.
Title: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: BrewBama on January 16, 2017, 06:56:48 am
I agree: Denny's setup is far easier and way less on the wallet.

I use a bulkhead, bazooka tube, and three piece ball valve. It's a pain to clean so I may replace it with a two piece ball valve. I get very nearly all the wort from the grain because I tilt the cooler by resting it on a 2x4 and also use a brew bag I lift when the lauter is nearly complete.


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Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 16, 2017, 07:03:17 am
I use a bulkhead, bazooka tube, and three piece ball valve. It's a pain to clean so I may replace it with a two piece ball valve. I get very nearly all the wort from the grain because I tilt the cooler by resting it on a 2x4 and also use a brew bag I lift when the lauter is nearly complete.


I put a brew bag in mine, too. Really liking the results - the wort is definitely clearer vs the braid. FWIW I took the braid out of my cooler. The bag is already a much finer filter than a braid or bazooka.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: a10t2 on January 16, 2017, 08:48:43 am
im brewing on a budget and i cant afford the bag too at this point.

If money's that tight, why not buy just the bag and hold off on making a mash tun?
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: larsmm on January 16, 2017, 10:00:21 am
I already have the brass 1/2" ball valve and the brass barb for the outside. So I need the rod (I don't know what you call it) that goes into the cooler. I need a washer for the outside, a gasket/oring for the inside, and a locking nut for the inside. A friend has a spare coupler and bazooka screen.

I have that pretty cooler, a stainless steel toilet line braid attached to a 12 mm silicone pipe, which gets tight enough in the drain hole (rubber mini-keg bung is not necessary) and a nylon valve. It works really well.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: denny on January 16, 2017, 12:44:27 pm
I use a bulkhead, bazooka tube, and three piece ball valve. It's a pain to clean so I may replace it with a two piece ball valve. I get very nearly all the wort from the grain because I tilt the cooler by resting it on a 2x4 and also use a brew bag I lift when the lauter is nearly complete.


I put a brew bag in mine, too. Really liking the results - the wort is definitely clearer vs the braid. FWIW I took the braid out of my cooler. The bag is already a much finer filter than a braid or bazooka.

Yes, but that clarity from the mash makes no difference to the finished beer.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 17, 2017, 06:41:15 am
I use a bulkhead, bazooka tube, and three piece ball valve. It's a pain to clean so I may replace it with a two piece ball valve. I get very nearly all the wort from the grain because I tilt the cooler by resting it on a 2x4 and also use a brew bag I lift when the lauter is nearly complete.


I put a brew bag in mine, too. Really liking the results - the wort is definitely clearer vs the braid. FWIW I took the braid out of my cooler. The bag is already a much finer filter than a braid or bazooka.

Yes, but that clarity from the mash makes no difference to the finished beer.


Overall, I like getting clearer wort into the fermenter when possible, Denny. Regardless, I like how the bag cuts my dead space to essentially zero, since I can hold it over away from the drain and get enough mash runnings to hit my target without any loss to dead space.
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: denny on January 17, 2017, 09:38:09 am
Overall, I like getting clearer wort into the fermenter when possible, Denny. Regardless, I like how the bag cuts my dead space to essentially zero, since I can hold it over away from the drain and get enough mash runnings to hit my target without any loss to dead space.

If that's what you want, it's your choice.  I like to see clear wort, too, but I know if it's not it won't be a problem.  I have a bag for my cooler that I haven't had a chance to use yet.  But I have no dead space now, so there should be no change from that.
Title: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: BrewBama on January 17, 2017, 06:27:13 pm
Overall, I like getting clearer wort into the fermenter when possible, Denny. Regardless, I like how the bag cuts my dead space to essentially zero, since I can hold it over away from the drain and get enough mash runnings to hit my target without any loss to dead space.

If that's what you want, it's your choice.  I like to see clear wort, too, but I know if it's not it won't be a problem.  I have a bag for my cooler that I haven't had a chance to use yet.  But I have no dead space now, so there should be no change from that.

I also do not have to vorlauf. Plus, ever since I started using the bag I get better efficiency so I use less grain to hit my target OG. I need to calculate when it will pay for itself and then actually save me money by using it. :)


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Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: The Beerery on January 17, 2017, 06:29:30 pm
I use a bulkhead, bazooka tube, and three piece ball valve. It's a pain to clean so I may replace it with a two piece ball valve. I get very nearly all the wort from the grain because I tilt the cooler by resting it on a 2x4 and also use a brew bag I lift when the lauter is nearly complete.


I put a brew bag in mine, too. Really liking the results - the wort is definitely clearer vs the braid. FWIW I took the braid out of my cooler. The bag is already a much finer filter than a braid or bazooka.

Yes, but that clarity from the mash makes no difference to the finished beer.

Do you have any data on that?  I ask because it's widely known in commercial brewing that cloudy lautering and wort is full of lipids that oxidate beer. I personally myself have seen positive results from clear lautering.  So just curious.


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Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: golfgod04 on January 18, 2017, 09:20:33 am
i went the way of the cooler and parts because I already had some of the parts and friend had a spare. only thing i had to purchase was the long bulkhead threaded pipe.  in the future, I plan to get one of those cooler bags that was described above. 
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: denny on January 18, 2017, 12:38:43 pm
Do you have any data on that?  I ask because it's widely known in commercial brewing that cloudy lautering and wort is full of lipids that oxidate beer. I personally myself have seen positive results from clear lautering.  So just curious.


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Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: The Beerery on January 18, 2017, 12:43:20 pm
Do you have any data on that?  I ask because it's widely known in commercial brewing that cloudy lautering and wort is full of lipids that oxidate beer. I personally myself have seen positive results from clear lautering.  So just curious.


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I have my own brewing as data.  You can accept that or not as you choose.

Thats totally fine, but the way you shape your answers is that you are the authority on it as a whole. So just checking if you had the data show said claims. You know, since I am always asked to do so. ;D
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: lenphallock on January 19, 2017, 02:04:37 pm
That's the one I used forever. Holds excellent temp and has a little indent where you drain helping you drain completely.


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Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: brewsumore on January 26, 2017, 10:43:27 pm
I dug out a 1 to 2 inch deep trench of the cooler's foam insulation all around the drain hole between the cooler walls, and used plumber's epoxy putty to cement in the correct-sized pipe nipple for my bulkhead, using a 1/2" ss ball valve connecting inside to a straight Bazooka Screen.

It is bulletproof drip free and completely solid in place, and drains like a champ.  The existing drain hole was fine on my 70-quart Coleman Extreme (I do 10-gal batches), and drains the cooler mashtun completely, when the cooler is propped up at the opposite end towards the end of runoff.

I bought 3 different length pipe nipples in advance to make sure I got one that fit the best upon inspection.

(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm199/brewsumore/P10007841_zpsaa177ab1.jpg) (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/brewsumore/media/P10007841_zpsaa177ab1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: fergusyarrow on May 07, 2017, 06:56:39 pm
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler (https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler) cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.


Yep, I have one. I used a braid with a bulkhead/valve conversion for years. I recently pulled the braid in favor of one of these - love the results so far.

http://www.brewinabag.com/collections/frontpage/products/copy-of-the-brew-bag-a-mash-tun-filter-for-coolers-rectangular

I am curious; did you keep the braid when you got the bag? I got the same bag last week, and putting together a new cooler and am wondering if I need to bother with the braid at all?

Cheers,

Fergus
Title: Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
Post by: HoosierBrew on May 08, 2017, 07:25:49 am
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler (https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler) cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.


Yep, I have one. I used a braid with a bulkhead/valve conversion for years. I recently pulled the braid in favor of one of these - love the results so far.

http://www.brewinabag.com/collections/frontpage/products/copy-of-the-brew-bag-a-mash-tun-filter-for-coolers-rectangular

I am curious; did you keep the braid when you got the bag? I got the same bag last week, and putting together a new cooler and am wondering if I need to bother with the braid at all?

Cheers,

Fergus



No, I pulled the braid when I started using the bag. The bag serves the same function, a little more successfully IMO.