« on: June 14, 2015, 10:46:50 AM »
Why don't you just pick up some large refreezable cooler ice packs, they're not that expensive and designed for the purpose:)
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This link will tell you how much grain and strike water can fit in a given cooler. Scroll down to 'Can I Mash It'.+1
I am currently doing BIAB, but my wife was nice enough to get a gift certificate to the homebrew store for my birthday so I'm going to pick a couple things up. They are not particullarly helpful there though...
Presently I'm doing 2.5 gallon batches but would like to increase that to 3-4 gallons to make it more worth my time. It's just me drinking it (giving a few away but it's mainly me) so I don't want to do 5 gallon batches at this time. Never say never to the 5 gallon though.
This all being said, is a 5 gallon cooler large enough to do 3-4 gallons of high gravity beer and 5 gallons of standard gravity?
My reading of websites and reviews show this will probably work just fine for what I'm looking to do.
For giggles, is a 10 gallon way too big to do say a standard gravity 3 gallon batch? Do the cons outweigh the indifferences as far the filtering capabilites?
Just carb it up and you'll have a real feel for what you have. Even at a low FG the wheat and carapils will probably make the beer seem a little fuller than the numbers would indicate. I'll bet you're fine. I've had a few APAs and AIPAs finish at 1.008 that were excellent beers. Be sure to post your impressions after carbing. Good luck!+1 and no, carb as usual, take notes on tasting and make adjustments on the second iteration, my guess is it will be fine and just need a few tweaks on process