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Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:37:09 PM »
I've got a system set up with a 10 gallon rectangular cooler for 6 gallon batch mashing.  My brew kettle is a converted 1/2 keg.  I want to move up from 6 gal. to 10 gal. batches, and I think the brew kettle will be fine, but I need a bigger mash tun.  It's a RIMS system, no need for direct heat, so I'd like to stick with a cooler for a mash tun. 

Any suggestions for a good cooler to buy?  Thanks,

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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 06:40:50 PM »
70 quart Coleman XTREME!!!

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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 06:41:43 PM »
I think the popular one is the Coleman extreme

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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 06:44:32 PM »
70 quart Coleman XTREME!!!

This. It will be my next Mash Tun, so I can do both 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches.
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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2014, 05:04:08 AM »
70 quart Coleman XTREME!!!

Make sure to get the BLUE one.  ;D
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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2014, 05:04:56 AM »
Love the coleman xtreme.  The 70qt is a big tun... for 5 gallon batches, I'm not sure I would recommend it.  For big beers, fine... but 8lbs of malt for a pale ale or pils would get lost in there!

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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2014, 05:06:22 AM »
70 quart Coleman XTREME!!!

This. It will be my next Mash Tun, so I can do both 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches.

+2.  Get the blue one, so you'll get better conversion and attenuation.
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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2014, 05:15:55 AM »
Love the coleman xtreme.  The 70qt is a big tun... for 5 gallon batches, I'm not sure I would recommend it.  For big beers, fine... but 8lbs of malt for a pale ale or pils would get lost in there!

I did a mild in mine once.  I looked like it barely covered the bottom.  Everything still converted well though.
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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2014, 07:34:35 AM »
Love the coleman xtreme.  The 70qt is a big tun... for 5 gallon batches, I'm not sure I would recommend it.  For big beers, fine... but 8lbs of malt for a pale ale or pils would get lost in there!

I did a mild in mine once.  I looked like it barely covered the bottom.  Everything still converted well though.

yeah I do 5 gallon batches all the time in mine.
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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2014, 07:37:19 AM »
Love the coleman xtreme.  The 70qt is a big tun... for 5 gallon batches, I'm not sure I would recommend it.  For big beers, fine... but 8lbs of malt for a pale ale or pils would get lost in there!

I did a mild in mine once.  I looked like it barely covered the bottom.  Everything still converted well though.

I want to know who only uses 8lb of malt for a pale. My last Pale used 13, and my mild uses 7-8.
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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2014, 08:28:39 AM »
Love the coleman xtreme.  The 70qt is a big tun... for 5 gallon batches, I'm not sure I would recommend it.  For big beers, fine... but 8lbs of malt for a pale ale or pils would get lost in there!

I keep my original 40 quart for mashing 18lbs or less. I have squeezed 36lbs at 1.2 qt/lb in the big one. I would say it was 1lb to much as doughing in got a bit messy.

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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2014, 09:01:42 AM »
I've seen the 70qt go for as low as $39 w/free shipping from time to time on Amazon (that's where I got mine).  Been xtremely happy with it.
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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2014, 09:03:05 AM »
I've seen the 70qt go for as low as $39 w/free shipping from time to time on Amazon (that's where I got mine).  Been xtremely happy with it.

+1.  That's how I got mine. Really good deal.
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« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2014, 09:08:13 AM »

I've seen the 70qt go for as low as $39 w/free shipping from time to time on Amazon (that's where I got mine).  Been xtremely happy with it.

Walmart and target have them for around that price as well.

Walmart stocks them in most stores, but the price is not as good as online.

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Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2014, 10:10:35 AM »
I'm surprised at the suggestion of a 70 qt. Coleman extreme.  It's no bigger, maybe not as big, as the cooler I'm using now.  Isn't a larger cooler available?  Thanks,
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