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Offline Iliff Ave

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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2015, 02:25:42 pm »
Yep I just purchased a new one online. The old one has been bulged in for quite some time but finally started to crack. I hoped the sealant would hold but ended up only being a temporary fix. It's kind of a bummer to buy new equipment that is not an upgrade but at least I have the false bottom and valve hardware already.

What brand of cooler?  I've nerv had any trouble with my Rubbermaid or Coleman, even after hundreds of batches.

It's either Rubbermaid or Igloo.
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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2015, 02:26:43 pm »
Denny, I hope I'm right there with you after that many batches. I've put about 12 batches through my Rubbermaid 50 qt  and also have a Coleman 70 (newer model though) that I am saving for bigger or higher gravity batches. The 50 has done everything I needed it to hold. The split open and melt RIS for big brew day was full, full, full though. If I rebrew that, I will definitely break in the 70.
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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2015, 02:29:58 pm »
Sounds like my issue is an anomaly. I normally use 180-185F at hottest for sparge water.

I just remembered that I did purchase it from someone on Craigslist years ago. Who knows how they were using it for their brewing purposes but I don't remember it having any warping issues on the inside when I bought it.
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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2015, 02:34:57 pm »
Denny, I hope I'm right there with you after that many batches. I've put about 12 batches through my Rubbermaid 50 qt  and also have a Coleman 70 (newer model though) that I am saving for bigger or higher gravity batches. The 50 has done everything I needed it to hold. The split open and melt RIS for big brew day was full, full, full though. If I rebrew that, I will definitely break in the 70.

I still use my 48 qt. Rubbermaid 90% of the time.
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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2015, 02:39:16 pm »
Denny, I hope I'm right there with you after that many batches. I've put about 12 batches through my Rubbermaid 50 qt  and also have a Coleman 70 (newer model though) that I am saving for bigger or higher gravity batches. The 50 has done everything I needed it to hold. The split open and melt RIS for big brew day was full, full, full though. If I rebrew that, I will definitely break in the 70.

I still use my 48 qt. Rubbermaid 90% of the time.
Good to know. I envisioned going to 10 gallon batches when my 15 gallon kettle came is so I bought the 70. I now realize that 10 gallon batches in that kettle are way too heavy for a solo brewer to move around without pumps or other aids, makes the 50 a good fit
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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2015, 08:23:07 am »
Sounds like my issue is an anomaly. I normally use 180-185F at hottest for sparge water.

I just remembered that I did purchase it from someone on Craigslist years ago. Who knows how they were using it for their brewing purposes but I don't remember it having any warping issues on the inside when I bought it.

If you used one of the orange round coolers it is not an anomaly.  Mine started bulging and cracking after a few batches.  My rectangular cooler is going strong.

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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2015, 10:18:39 am »
Sounds like my issue is an anomaly. I normally use 180-185F at hottest for sparge water.

I just remembered that I did purchase it from someone on Craigslist years ago. Who knows how they were using it for their brewing purposes but I don't remember it having any warping issues on the inside when I bought it.

If you used one of the orange round coolers it is not an anomaly.  Mine started bulging and cracking after a few batches.  My rectangular cooler is going strong.

I've tried several different coolers with varying results.

1) 5 gallon round Rubbermaid - Worked with no issues for 2.5 years until I retired it and replaced it with
2) 10 gallon round Rubbermaid - Used for 12 or 13 months and it developed a 4" crack half way up the side wall.
3)  48 Quart (I think) Coleman Extreme rectangular cooler.  Going on 5 years with no issues.

I make between 15 and 25 batches a year. 

I liked the round 10 gallon cooler for fly sparging but it just didn't last like I expected.  The Coleman works fabulously for batch sparges.

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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2015, 10:21:45 am »
Man I was kind of hoping that problem was very rare. The new one I purchase is an Igloo and I think my cracked one is Rubbermaid. I hope I don't have the same luck.

I considered switching to a rectangular cooler with bazooka screen but since I have the false bottom I decided not to.
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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2015, 12:23:50 pm »
Bummer.  looks like a matter of time until my false bottom gets tossed along with the cooler.

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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2015, 12:24:19 pm »
Less talk about MT's breaking, more talk about MT cleaning!  ;D

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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2015, 12:51:10 pm »
Less talk about MT's breaking, more talk about MT cleaning!  ;D

sorry, hijacked... i just rinse mine out with water immediately after use, then make sure to leave it upside down without the lid on until my next brew session.  i left the lid on for a couple weeks once...  :o :o :o

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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2015, 02:30:51 pm »
I remove the false bottom, silicon tube, rinse well, and give it a very quick once over from a sponge soaking in my sanitizer bucket. Every once in a while I will use some PBW but that is pretty rare. As others mention, it is hot side so I don't worry about it too much.
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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2015, 05:25:15 pm »
Residual grain matter or sugar will grow funky stuff, no way around it.  If you don't care about this since your wort will get boiled, a hot water rinse is fine.  If it bothers you, clean it.  Avoid harsh materials like a green scrubby - a sponge or cloth is fine.  Not much else to say really.  Clean it, or don't. 

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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2015, 08:22:38 am »
Should I be taking apart this 2 piece valve and removing from the cooler for an initial cleaning before using?


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Re: MT cleaning
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2015, 10:53:05 am »

Should I be taking apart this 2 piece valve and removing from the cooler for an initial cleaning before using?
Not a bad idea.