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Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« on: January 26, 2010, 07:50:52 AM »
This may stir up some passion but I am wondering which is perferable-the round cooler or the rectangular one.

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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010, 08:04:17 AM »
If you were going to fly sparge a round cooler would be preferable.  But I saw your post that you picked up a 70 qt Coleman Xtreme.  That will work great for batch sparging once you get it converted.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010, 08:22:31 AM »
I like a round mash tun. There aren't corners where mash can hide from being stirred up. But in the end that may not make that much of a difference if you are just diligent about stirring the mash.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010, 08:29:20 AM »
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2010, 08:50:11 AM »
If you want to have false bottom you would go with round vessel (cooler).
I did not see any square / rectangle false bottoms.

With rectangle coolers people use (made) manifolds or use ss braids.

So it goes down how do you want to lauter grain.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2010, 10:44:18 AM »
I find that you get more cooler for your money with a rectangular.  Also, the larger opening of the rectangular makes adding water and grain and stirring much easier.  Kai's worry of grain in the corners not getting stirred has never been an issue for me.  A rectangular works equally well for either fly or batch sparging if you desing your lautering system correctly for the type of sparging you want to do.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2010, 10:46:12 AM »
I don't think it should make a significant difference as long as the time /temp factor has been acheived. I use a rectangular cooler only because it was the size I was looking for at the time. Round coolers should work just as well as rectangular IMHO.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2010, 10:49:58 AM »
If you were going to fly sparge a round cooler would be preferable.  But I saw your post that you picked up a 70 qt Coleman Xtreme.  That will work great for batch sparging once you get it converted.

What makes you say that?  I wouldn't think that a round vs rectangle cooler would matter for fly sparging.

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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2010, 10:58:03 AM »
I was always under the impression that a round cooler made for better lautering when fly sparging however I see from the comments above that this isn't necessarily the case, so I stand corrected.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2010, 11:08:38 AM »
I do have the option of picking up the 78qt Coleman extreme-question is this:  Is this too large a size if I wanted to so a 5 gallon batch?

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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2010, 11:09:14 AM »
I do have the option of picking up the 78qt Coleman extreme-question is this:  Is this too large a size if I wanted to so a 5 gallon batch?

Nope, not in my experience.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2010, 11:11:31 AM »
Bigger is almost always better. So unless you're cramped on storage space, get it.

There's a certain point where that breaks down, but don't sweat it.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2010, 11:59:14 AM »
I do have the option of picking up the 78qt Coleman extreme-question is this:  Is this too large a size if I wanted to so a 5 gallon batch?

All of my 5-gallon batches have had plenty of extra room in my 36-quart Coleman Xtreme.
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2010, 10:02:05 AM »
I do have the option of picking up the 78qt Coleman extreme-question is this:  Is this too large a size if I wanted to so a 5 gallon batch?

All of my 5-gallon batches have had plenty of extra room in my 36-quart Coleman Xtreme.

When or if you start messin around with 25 lbs of grain say for a barleywine or other high gravity bill,
the 36 quart will be a disappointment....IMO
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Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2010, 10:43:45 AM »
I want to try a coleman for fermenting in, I think it will work well for harvesting yeasties.   ;)