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Are you brewing exclusively all-grain (BIAB included) or extract? Poll

All Grain
52 (86.7%)
Extract
1 (1.7%)
Both
7 (11.7%)

Total Members Voted: 59

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Offline flbrewer

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2014, 12:06:51 AM »
Not looking good for the extract brewers here...can't believe I'm the only one out of almost 40 brewers that have responded!

Mashing in a Coleman cooler (ala dennybrew.com) really is pretty easy, man.  Make your own extract to your own specs- it's better !!

Not to derail the conversation, but I am not totally sold on the safety of coolers and hot water. This is even after listening to a toxicologist on the Better Brewing podcast. If and when I go all grain it will be with SS (I've got problems).

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2014, 12:15:45 AM »
Ever used plastic in a microwave?  Styrofoam for coffee?  Thermos for soups/drinks?  Many synthetics and plastics work great for a variety of hot applications. 

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2014, 01:09:27 AM »
Of course, but when those manufacturers of the coolers state that they don't recommend you use them for hot liquids it makes me wonder why.

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2014, 02:46:31 AM »
If and when I go all grain it will be with SS (I've got problems).

Not much of an issue as long as you're able/willing to do BIAB.
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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2014, 02:51:45 AM »
Of course, but when those manufacturers of the coolers state that they don't recommend you use them for hot liquids it makes me wonder why.
You're right, at least both Igloo and Rubbermaid get very vague and just say they haven't been tested for use with hot liquids.  I did find a thread where one of those two stated the inside could warp, perhaps that is the issue. 

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2014, 03:19:58 AM »
You're right, at least both Igloo and Rubbermaid get very vague and just say they haven't been tested for use with hot liquids.

Realistically, I think all that means is that the lawyers won't let them say something is safe without exhaustive testing.
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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2014, 12:04:06 PM »
You're right, at least both Igloo and Rubbermaid get very vague and just say they haven't been tested for use with hot liquids.

Realistically, I think all that means is that the lawyers won't let them say something is safe without exhaustive testing.

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2014, 12:46:01 PM »
I do all grain with batch sparging in stainless. When my mash temp begins to drop I turn on flame and recirculation pump. Then I batch spatge and recirculate. Think of it as vorlauf with fire

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2014, 01:30:44 PM »
Not looking good for the extract brewers here...can't believe I'm the only one out of almost 40 brewers that have responded!

Mashing in a Coleman cooler (ala dennybrew.com) really is pretty easy, man.  Make your own extract to your own specs- it's better !!

Not to derail the conversation, but I am not totally sold on the safety of coolers and hot water. This is even after listening to a toxicologist on the Better Brewing podcast. If and when I go all grain it will be with SS (I've got problems).

Denny's done something like a million batches in his cooler and he'll probably outlive us all.
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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #24 on: December 09, 2014, 01:38:26 PM »

Denny's done something like a million batches in his cooler and he'll probably outlive us all.
+1. I don't think it's the cooler that made Denny the character that he is today.

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2014, 01:41:03 PM »

Denny's done something like a million batches in his cooler and he'll probably outlive us all.

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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2014, 01:45:45 PM »
always mashed in 10gal orange Igloo cooler. never cracked, never drops more than 1F (if that) over an hour. mid to high 80's efficiency and with copper manifold for trouble free lautering.
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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2014, 02:20:05 PM »
All grain nearly exclusively.  I do an occasional extract batch if I win a kit at an event or I'm teaching someone how to brew an extract beer...

As for the coolers... Yeah mine is super warped on the inside due to the heat.
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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #28 on: December 09, 2014, 02:41:39 PM »
It's funny,

I answered all grain but now I'm thinking that I've gotta knock out a quick brew and I don't really have time for a full on brewday. I might just throw together a 2 gallon extract with grains batch.
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Re: How are you brewing?
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2014, 02:45:53 PM »
My 10 gallon igloo has warped and cracked in one section. I have temporarily sealed it with food grade silicon until I can replace it.
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