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General mash tun advice
« on: November 20, 2009, 03:47:02 PM »
I have a burner and a kettle. Now all I need is a mash tun and I will ready for all grain.  :)

I've read denny's instructions and it seems dead simple. Are there any tricks or tips you wished you had known before building one?
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 03:51:56 PM »
I have a burner and a kettle. Now all I need is a mash tun and I will ready for all grain.  :)

I've read denny's instructions and it seems dead simple. Are there any tricks or tips you wished you had known before building one?
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 04:16:44 PM »
Get one big enough to do ten gallon batches.

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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 07:21:24 PM »
The cooler should be blue, of course
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 08:57:13 PM »
damn, i just bought the 10 gallon AGS from northernbrewer and it comes with red coolers.....  am i doomed to make s***ty beer?
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 09:47:14 PM »

damn, i just bought the 10 gallon AGS from northernbrewer and it comes with red coolers.....  am i doomed to make s***ty beer?
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2009, 09:50:37 PM »
What size batches do you plan on making?

I would get a Coleman Extreme with a stainless braid to start with...they're reasonably priced and very practical.
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2009, 09:53:29 PM »
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No matter what you do your beer will taste like Miller Lite.

I didn't know it tasted like anything.  It is like gatorade with barley.

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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2009, 06:02:50 AM »
What size batches do you plan on making?

I would get a Coleman Extreme with a stainless braid to start with...they're reasonably priced and very practical.

I am currently seeing them for $39.00 at Walmart to $44.00 at Fleet Farm.

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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2009, 09:47:42 AM »
I have a burner and a kettle. Now all I need is a mash tun and I will ready for all grain.  :)

I've read denny's instructions and it seems dead simple. Are there any tricks or tips you wished you had known before building one?

It is dead simple...if it wasn't, I couldn't do it!  My tip would be to make sure you get a cooler with a drain hole near the bottom.  Some are a couple inches off the bottom.  I use a cheapo Rubbermaid 12 qt. cooler.  If I was to do it again, I'd go for a 70 qt.  And coolers that have names like "Extreme" or "MaxCold" retain heat no better than my cheapo.
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2009, 09:54:54 AM »
One of the advantages of the Coleman Extreme (70 qt., anyway) is that it has a trough/groove slightly lower than the bottom level that allows maximum drainage.  The 70 qt. is also large enough to do reasonably big 10 gallon batches.
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2009, 10:25:03 AM »
That's the perfect kind of cooler design, Doug.  I'm waiting for my current cooler to disintegrate, then I'm gonna get one of those.
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2009, 11:20:07 AM »
One of the advantages of the Coleman Extreme (70 qt., anyway) is that it has a trough/groove slightly lower than the bottom level that allows maximum drainage.  The 70 qt. is also large enough to do reasonably big 10 gallon batches.
+1 to the 70qt coleman!   gotta love the channel for the drain.   Plus it can do 10 gallon batches.   When I went all grain, I bought a small cooler (5 gallon I think?) did 3 or 4 batches then bought the 70 qt so I could do 10 gallons.   Should have done it in the first place....
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009, 07:20:34 AM »
I have an Igloo cube cooler 60 qt that I built a copper slotted manifold for. The drain is about and 1.5 inches above the bottom  but I work around that with having all the fittings going to the outlet soldered to allow for a siphon to be set up with the manifold. All other fittings are slip fit to allow for a complete break down for cleaning. I also feel that having an outer ring and inner run of the manifold allows for better efficiencies. I generally see efficiencies in the 80 to 88% range with no issues of stuck runoff. I built 2 similar systems for friends with rectangular coolers with great results. One of the systems is used almost exclusively to make wheat beer with no issues of stuck runoff. I don't know how to get a photo on the forum or I would post one as a reference.
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Re: General mash tun advice
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2009, 08:16:52 AM »
What are people's experience with using 10 gallon Rubbermaid water coolers?  What is the maximun capacity for those coolers?  I have figured that about 24lb of grain with a ratio of 1.33 qt/lb is about the max, but some discussion I have read seem to indicate that more can be used (with a lower water to grain ratio, I would assume).  I've never maxed it out, but I plan on doing so soon.