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Offline zman51

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Mashtun recommendations
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:08:14 PM »
Hey all

I would like to buy a nice mashtun. Been doing tour cooler thing but wanting to get a purposely made one. Recommendations?

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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 02:45:42 PM »
Is there something about the cooler mashtun you dislike or want to improve upon, or are you just seeking something new and shiny?
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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 06:31:07 PM »
I use a 10-gallon Igloo beverage cooler with a Coldbreak false bottom, Blichmann Auto-sparge, and home-made 240V RIMS and I can't think of anything I'd rather have.  Not shiny, but does everything I need.
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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 07:00:58 PM »
Is there something about the cooler mashtun you dislike or want to improve upon, or are you just seeking something new and shiny?



Not getting the efficiency plus new and shiny! 😀

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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2017, 07:51:29 PM »
Is there something about the cooler mashtun you dislike or want to improve upon, or are you just seeking something new and shiny?



Not getting the efficiency plus new and shiny! 😀

Are you stuck on the idea of a 3 vessel system? I've gotten really good efficiency from my BIAB setup. A 10 gallon kettle and homemade voile bag (Brewbags look nice too). Last batch I got about 88% efficiency, and cleanup is a breeze.

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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2017, 08:02:23 PM »
Is there something about the cooler mashtun you dislike or want to improve upon, or are you just seeking something new and shiny?



Not getting the efficiency plus new and shiny! 😀

I get 85% in my cooler.  How much more do you need?
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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2017, 01:53:18 AM »
Yep,my cooler gets 85-90%....no,problem.  New and shinny-that’s different and I get it, so depends what your goal is.


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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2017, 04:16:54 AM »
 I am very happy with my SS Brewtech MT.   It has an angled bottom so there is virtually no dead space. I don't even lose 1° mashing for one hour.   Shiny!
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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2017, 01:06:50 PM »
Thanks all. Will keep looking into this.

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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2017, 11:00:38 AM »


I get 85% in my cooler.  How much more do you need?

I brew in a cooler, following the instructions of your web, and I've never been able to get more than 70% (2 runoffs). Last sunday I brewed a hefeweizen and I got just 60%. I'd like to be around 80%.

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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2017, 11:25:52 AM »
I also brew in a cooler. Until I added a bag filter I didn't hit the 80(s).


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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2017, 11:40:14 AM »
I also brew in a cooler. Until I added a bag filter I didn't hit the 80(s).


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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2017, 12:27:35 PM »
I would think that the best answer has a lot to do with what type of system you want to end up with.  Are you doing a recirculating setup ( RIMS or HERMS ) or infusion only, batch/fly/no sparge, and are you looking to do any of the low o2 stuff?  Do you use pumps or is it all manual lifting? 

Granted, you can make pretty much anything work in whatever method you want but if you are laying out the cash it might be worth considering the end goal system ( as opposed to the current or intermediate system).
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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2017, 01:55:01 PM »


I get 85% in my cooler.  How much more do you need?

I brew in a cooler, following the instructions of your web, and I've never been able to get more than 70% (2 runoffs). Last sunday I brewed a hefeweizen and I got just 60%. I'd like to be around 80%.

I'm with ya and it's been something I have never been able to figure out. I did get a brew bag which gave me a slight bump because I can mill my grains finer. I have been averaging close to 75% brewhouse of late but every few batches I will get an inexplicable dip.

I haven't switched from my 10 gallon round cooler because it seems to be the exception to get poor efficiency which points to me.
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Re: Mashtun recommendations
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2017, 04:28:56 PM »
I get a very consistant 78% on my cooler, with no sparge. usually 82-85 when I sparge calculating equal runoff. I understand wanting new shiny brewing stuff, but if efficiency is your  problem, it aint the cooler.