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What kind of mash tun do you use?
« on: November 04, 2009, 08:25:34 PM »
I use a Coleman Ultimate Extreme 58qt cooler. It's blue/green in color...not that it matters what color it is.   :D

I was wondering...what do you use?
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 08:39:38 PM »
I use a pair of the 10 gallon round rubbermaid drink coolers.  You can see pictures in my gallery at www.borealbrewers.com  http://www.borealbrewers.com/index.php?action=view_gallery&id=4&module=imagegallerymodule&src=%40random4a135ebf5d7d8
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 08:59:36 PM »
Coleman Extreme here too, although just the 36 quart.  But hey, it is blue.  Uses a simplified version of Denny's batch sparge braid system.
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009, 09:27:42 PM »
I use a big orange 10 gallon round Rubbermaid cooler from Home Depot.  Off-season, you can find them there for under $40.

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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2009, 09:30:37 PM »
A 10 gallon Igloo with a false bottom. It has made me many monster 5 gallon batches.

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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009, 10:06:23 PM »
9 gallon stainless steel, false bottom, spigot. From Midwestsupplies.com

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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2009, 05:32:54 AM »
Gott 60 w/ 4 runs of SS braid for the manifold . . twin auto stir motors with 4 model airplane propellers doing the work.
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2009, 05:54:21 AM »
I use a big orange 10 gallon round Rubbermaid cooler from Home Depot.  Off-season, you can find them there for under $40.

+1  With a braid.  Works great.
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2009, 06:14:08 AM »
Coleman Xtreme 52 qt rectangular cooler w/ 12" SS braid and a Kewler Kitz spigot.
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2009, 06:25:41 AM »
I have a 70 quart Coleman Xtreme cooler with SS hose braid.  Use the following instructions: http://brewing.lustreking.com/gear/mashtun.html

Works great!
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2009, 06:41:11 AM »
I use a 12 gallon Cube cooler with a slotted copper manifold. The geometry is good and can be safely lifted when full of a freshly doughed in mash.
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2009, 06:41:28 AM »
I took a 15 gallon keg, cut out the top (like for a boil kettle), drilled a hole in the bottom.  I welded a 1/2 inch threaded coupling over this hole, and installed a valve.  Inside, I put a circular false bottom.  I had to cut slots in my top opening to accommodate the screen's installation and removal.  

I built a wooden box, roughly a cube, around the keg and filled it with Great Stuff spray in insulation.  When I use it, my temps only drop about one degree in an hour.

My one mistake in engineering the Mashtun was welding another coupling in the side to accept a dial thermometer.  I made the hole too high, so when I'm doing a five gallon batch, the mash is actually below my thermo. >:(
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2009, 06:56:04 AM »
used to have the 10gallon home depot rubbermaid cooler with a false bottom from morebeer. that worked very well provided that you heat it up before doughing in. now i've got a 1550, and with it a 15gallon stainless steel mash tun, which is good, but i think i'll be adding some insulation on it at some point. brewing in the winter especially, i can't imagine the temperature gradient that exists when it's -5 outside, and 65 inside.

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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2009, 07:28:21 AM »
72 qt Coleman Extreme....Limited edition Forrest Green which means I get about 252% efficiency.
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Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2009, 07:33:10 AM »
I use a converted 55 gallon drum and a chopped 55 gallon drum that holds about 35 gallon. I also have a 20 gallon converted o2 tank...

Depending on the size of the batch I am brewing I may use one of these systems or a combination of these systems

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