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HLT or Mash Tun
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:22:54 PM »
Was online looking for the best place to buy a cooler for my MLT. Walmart sells 10 gallon Rubbermaid coolers for $45 bucks. That is a hard deal to pass up. The best part about this is you can do the free site to store pick up. Sure beats paying $75-$90 for the same cooler anywhere else. Just thought everyone would like to know

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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2013, 05:40:39 AM »
Look for Coleman Xtreme 52qt. Good for 5 gallon batches. I use a 36qt Coleman Xtreme, got it for $40 on Amazon. Don't give your money to Wal-Mart.
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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2013, 06:16:12 AM »
Look for Coleman Xtreme 52qt. Good for 5 gallon batches. I use a 36qt Coleman Xtreme, got it for $40 on Amazon. Don't give your money to Wal-Mart.

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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2013, 10:59:07 AM »
Home Depot has the round Rubbermaid 10g cooler for $44.87 normal price as well. Get a kettle you can heat as your HLT, not a cooler.

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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 12:02:44 PM »
Kmart has the 52qt Coleman xtreme for $33.24 (down from their regular price of $34.99).  I've seen them go down to $29 earlier in the season @ both Sears and Kmart.

Shop around.

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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2013, 01:26:58 PM »
I advise getting a rectangular, not round, cooler.  You get more capacity for your money that way.  I've built a few mashtuns to sell in the last couple weeks, and I'm paying $36 for a 70 qt. Coleman Extreme cooler.  Then to set it up and use it, see www.dennybrew.com
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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2013, 01:00:07 PM »
I have been reading a lot about the different coolers to use for my MLT. I think I am gonna go with a rectangular cooler and use the 5 gallon round cooler as my HLT. Maybe one day when I am rich and famous (i.e. not having three small expensive children) I will go with keggles for everything. Just happy to finally be getting into all grain. I have a question. For any of you who use keggles, I made one myself. Do you guys cool the wort in it or do you transfer it out of the kettle and then use a wort chiller. It just seems like the keg would take a while to cool down. Unless you use a hose or something to spray the outside of it down to cool it off.

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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2013, 01:09:36 PM »
I have been reading a lot about the different coolers to use for my MLT. I think I am gonna go with a rectangular cooler and use the 5 gallon round cooler as my HLT. Maybe one day when I am rich and famous (i.e. not having three small expensive children) I will go with keggles for everything. Just happy to finally be getting into all grain. I have a question. For any of you who use keggles, I made one myself. Do you guys cool the wort in it or do you transfer it out of the kettle and then use a wort chiller. It just seems like the keg would take a while to cool down. Unless you use a hose or something to spray the outside of it down to cool it off.

I use my IM in the (keg) kettle.  I assure you, you don't want to have to deal with xferring just boiled wort!
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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2013, 06:49:52 AM »
I have been reading a lot about the different coolers to use for my MLT. I think I am gonna go with a rectangular cooler and use the 5 gallon round cooler as my HLT. Maybe one day when I am rich and famous (i.e. not having three small expensive children) I will go with keggles for everything. Just happy to finally be getting into all grain. I have a question. For any of you who use keggles, I made one myself. Do you guys cool the wort in it or do you transfer it out of the kettle and then use a wort chiller. It just seems like the keg would take a while to cool down. Unless you use a hose or something to spray the outside of it down to cool it off.



I use my IM in the (keg) kettle.  I assure you, you don't want to have to deal with xferring just boiled wort!

I brew in my kitchen on a gas stove, so rather than one large kettle, I use two smaller ones. Before I chill, I move my wort to my fermenter (Ale Pail), which is lined with a paint strainer bag. So I'm only moving something less than 3 gal at a time; not ideal but better than over 5 gal at a time. I figure that my cooling has to be a bit more efficient for not having to cool the thermal mass of the kettles and the hot trub.


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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2013, 09:08:38 AM »
I brew in my kitchen on a gas stove, so rather than one large kettle, I use two smaller ones. Before I chill, I move my wort to my fermenter (Ale Pail), which is lined with a paint strainer bag. So I'm only moving something less than 3 gal at a time; not ideal but better than over 5 gal at a time. I figure that my cooling has to be a bit more efficient for not having to cool the thermal mass of the kettles and the hot trub.

OTOH, you risk HSA by xferring wort over 180F.
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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2013, 09:13:02 AM »
I brew in my kitchen on a gas stove, so rather than one large kettle, I use two smaller ones. Before I chill, I move my wort to my fermenter (Ale Pail), which is lined with a paint strainer bag. So I'm only moving something less than 3 gal at a time; not ideal but better than over 5 gal at a time. I figure that my cooling has to be a bit more efficient for not having to cool the thermal mass of the kettles and the hot trub.

OTOH, you risk HSA by xferring wort over 180F.

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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2013, 10:14:06 AM »
I brew in my kitchen on a gas stove, so rather than one large kettle, I use two smaller ones. Before I chill, I move my wort to my fermenter (Ale Pail), which is lined with a paint strainer bag. So I'm only moving something less than 3 gal at a time; not ideal but better than over 5 gal at a time. I figure that my cooling has to be a bit more efficient for not having to cool the thermal mass of the kettles and the hot trub.

OTOH, you risk HSA by xferring wort over 180F.

GASP! Not HSA!!!!!!

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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2013, 11:13:56 AM »
GASP! Not HSA!!!!!!

Yeah, it CAN happen....personal experience.
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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2013, 11:23:04 AM »
GASP! Not HSA!!!!!!

Yeah, it CAN happen....personal experience.

cool! that may be the first I have heard. I have not noticed it but there could be other explanations for that. I only have one kettle large enough to heat the sparge water for a 11 gallon batch so when I sparge I run off first runnings into buckets and then pour them into the kettle to boil. But I guess that is pre-boil and the risks would be mitigated by the boil driving off o2.
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Re: HLT or Mash Tun
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2013, 07:12:29 AM »
I brew in my kitchen on a gas stove, so rather than one large kettle, I use two smaller ones. Before I chill, I move my wort to my fermenter (Ale Pail), which is lined with a paint strainer bag. So I'm only moving something less than 3 gal at a time; not ideal but better than over 5 gal at a time. I figure that my cooling has to be a bit more efficient for not having to cool the thermal mass of the kettles and the hot trub.

OTOH, you risk HSA by xferring wort over 180F.

True, but I've never experienced it; lesser of the evils, I guess.