Does anyone have any thoughts about what I might do with 15 pounds of blueberries?
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You really don't have to take out the drain if you set it up this way... Cheers!!!
This ^^^^ is what I did. No leaky. Cheersx2!
The problem I had with a bulkhead was that it held the braid off the floor of the cooler, and I didn't get a siphon to empty out all the wort. But I assume different coolers will work in different ways.
Not much dead space in a Coleman Xtreme. I tried the braid for a few batches, but ultimately switched to a bazooka screen. I know you tried both and reached the opposite result.
Nice. You'll really like the 70 qt xtreme. You'll still leave some wort behind though. Not as much but there's still room beneath the drain. It helps if you prop up the back end of the cooler before you start the vorlauf. I use a little ceramic flower pot that used to belong to my wife. She was going to reclaim it until I told her it was now part of my brewing system. I'll leave it to your imagination the look I got for that one.I just got my order from Amazon ($40 with free shipping!) and put it together tonight! Leak testing it now, everything looks great! Can't wait to use it for a Begian Quadrupel this weekend. Getting the 20 pounds of grain into and out of this should be a lot easier than the round rubbermaid. I think the hosebraid should help me get a much better runoff than the bazzooka screen I've been using too.
You've probably already seen it but this is the site I followed when I converted mine:
And it is really nice to have all that room in the mash tun for the bigguns.
I think this will be my next brewing upgrade! I currently use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid, and it works pretty good, but someday I'm sure I'll want to do 10 gallon batches, and this cooler would be a good choice. Thanks for the link tygo.
This discusson has me thinking that you should start kegging!