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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2011, 05:42:16 PM »
Along these lines, I am using a (blue) Coleman 48 quart right now, and have brewed one 5G batch in it. Has anyone brewed a 10 G batch in a 48qt cooler? We're talking 22 pounds of grain and 8 gallons of water here......
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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2011, 05:49:54 PM »
Along these lines, I am using a (blue) Coleman 48 quart right now, and have brewed one 5G batch in it. Has anyone brewed a 10 G batch in a 48qt cooler? We're talking 22 pounds of grain and 8 gallons of water here......
It should fit as long as your mash thickness is below ~1.8 qt/lb. Check this website out: http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml
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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2011, 06:40:27 PM »
Cool, I have two quarts to spare....... :o Splashomatic.....I think I will order the larger cooler for the 10G batches.....
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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2011, 09:36:30 PM »
That set up looks nice.  If you dont mind sharing what is that made up of.

It's PEX with holes drilled in the bottom. It works very well for batch sparging.

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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2011, 06:14:21 AM »
Along these lines, I am using a (blue) Coleman 48 quart right now, and have brewed one 5G batch in it. Has anyone brewed a 10 G batch in a 48qt cooler? We're talking 22 pounds of grain and 8 gallons of water here......

I've got a 50 quart cooler (silver) and I do 10 gallon batches once in a while.  My limit is 25 lbs of grain with a 1.25 quart/lb mash (~7.8 gallons) filled to the rim (70% efficiency).  For batches over 1.056 I need to add extract, I just did a 10 gallon Janet Brown (1.068) which came out perfect with 3 lbs dry light extract.

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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2011, 11:18:09 AM »
I've worn out 4 Igloo 48 qt ice-cubes. Been using the 70 qt Coleman extreme- the conversion was as simple as sliding the tubing through the drain...

I just built an Igloo 2.5 gallon. Water tested it over the weekend. Won't be much use except for those "experimental" batches. Might be able to squeeze a 2.5 gallon batchsparge out of it.

I usually do 12 gallon batches out of the Coleman. No problem but on higher gravity brews the mash has barely left room for the lid to fit! Regardless I start with 19 gallons in my hot-liquor tank and at the end of the session I have 12 gallons in my fermenters.
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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2011, 10:03:48 AM »
I've worn out 4 Igloo 48 qt ice-cubes.

What do you mean "Worn out"?
How does one actually do that, aside from making a strange costume out of a cooler & sauntering around town?
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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2011, 11:56:32 AM »
Worn out around town? :D

Just that they sustained damage over a succession of batches, so I replaced them. At $14 a pop it was easy to do.
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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2011, 12:32:59 PM »
What are you doing to damage them? ???

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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2011, 12:39:04 PM »
What are you doing to damage them? ???

Was. Was doing... ;)

Boiling wort in them with heatsticks. Using them as fermenters...
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Re: Coolers for All Grain Brewing
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2011, 02:39:19 PM »
Awesome!
I love it when folks push the envelope!
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