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Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« on: January 04, 2017, 04:41:13 PM »
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 04:47:46 PM »
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.


Yep, I have one. I used a braid with a bulkhead/valve conversion for years. I recently pulled the braid in favor of one of these - love the results so far.

http://www.brewinabag.com/collections/frontpage/products/copy-of-the-brew-bag-a-mash-tun-filter-for-coolers-rectangular
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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 05:11:36 PM »
does the braided hose act as the filter?

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 05:15:17 PM »
does the braided hose act as the filter?

Yeah, it does and works pretty well. But since I made the change to the custom cooler bag, there was no need for a braid since the bag is a very fine mesh.
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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 05:25:53 PM »
im brewing on a budget and i cant afford the bag too at this point.  I see many conversions of the round igloo cooler but not the square 52 quart

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2017, 05:28:25 PM »
I see many conversions of the round igloo cooler but not the square 52 quart


Many brewers here use rectangular coolers including Denny (has to be blue for optimum performance, though). They work great. The Extreme hold temp really well, as I'm sure most of the others do.
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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2017, 06:49:17 PM »
im brewing on a budget and i cant afford the bag too at this point.  I see many conversions of the round igloo cooler but not the square 52 quart

You need the Cheap'n'Easy system...www.dennybrew.com
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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2017, 07:05:45 PM »
Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.

that's what I use. I got mine on sale at Walmart. It works fine, my only complaint is that due to its large size, very low gravity 5 gallon grain bills are spread very thin and lose more temperature during the mash.

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 08:29:55 PM »
Since it's blue and not red, it will make crummy beer ;)

In seriousness, this cooler has been used by many and should not disappoint. As for the screen/filter I found a good steal on a stainless steel braided hose made for water heaters. It worked much better and was a lot cheaper than the SS ones made for toilets etc. Don't be afraid to ask and look around, I think I made my mash tun for $30 including cooler, line and ball valve.

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2017, 08:40:44 PM »
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2017, 09:25:09 PM »
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.
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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2017, 11:38:06 PM »
You can buy a large shear curtain for less than $10 and just drape it over the sides of the cooler. Gather it together and tie a rope around it to hoist it out to drain the cooler.

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2017, 01:21:11 AM »
Since it's blue and not red, it will make crummy beer ;)

In seriousness, this cooler has been used by many and should not disappoint. As for the screen/filter I found a good steal on a stainless steel braided hose made for water heaters. It worked much better and was a lot cheaper than the SS ones made for toilets etc. Don't be afraid to ask and look around, I think I made my mash tun for $30 including cooler, line and ball valve.

How did you do that?  So  far I can get the cooler for $22, the bulkhead and extra pieces for $30 and then the bazooka screen for $8

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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2017, 12:42:19 PM »
Since it's blue and not red, it will make crummy beer ;)

In seriousness, this cooler has been used by many and should not disappoint. As for the screen/filter I found a good steal on a stainless steel braided hose made for water heaters. It worked much better and was a lot cheaper than the SS ones made for toilets etc. Don't be afraid to ask and look around, I think I made my mash tun for $30 including cooler, line and ball valve.

How did you do that?  So  far I can get the cooler for $22, the bulkhead and extra pieces for $30 and then the bazooka screen for $8

I got my cooler, a 44 Qt Coleman, on sale for 18.99, the SS braid (large water heater style) was clearance for $3, and I use a brass ball valve/nipple which was around 5-6 bucks. If you wanted to go all stainless, Check out Bargainfittings.com, they always have super low prices on SS fitting for all sorts of brewing needs, but you'll have to account for shipping. It was really just a matter of shopping around local hardware and big box stores for deals/coupons etc.

Denny's system would probably be even cheaper, especially if you don't want to bother with building a bulkhead style system for a metal ball valve as it's really not necessary.
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Re: Coleman 52 quart conversion to mash tun?
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2017, 10:34:27 PM »
I have that same cooler and have been using it for years with a bulkhead conversion and a stainless steel toilet line braid.

It has worked very well.

Paul

If the OP really wants to save money, he can skip the bulkhead.  Not only is my method less expensive, I found it works better than a bulkhead.  I used one for a few brews then went back to the bung/valve setup.

I can't disagree.

I built mine with a bulkhead and have never tried using it with anything else.

The bulkhead can cause the inner liner of the cooler to crack if over tightened.  You also may get a very small amount of leakage around the seals that I have never found a permanent way to fix.  I've never seen more than a teaspoon on any given brew day (I've had cars that leak more oil daily than that  :) ).

All in all it works but isn't perfect. 

Paul
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