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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2011, 05:53:56 PM »
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You know you can get HTB online *legally*, right? http://www.howtobrew.com/
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2011, 06:05:54 PM »
I also recommend reading "How to Brew" by John Palmer. His website...http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

I have a direct fired mash tun on my brewstand and love it, but I also use a cooler mash tun inspired by Denny Conn that I still use today and love the simplicity of it.

When I talk to new homebrewers just starting out with all-grain brewing, I always recommend a cooler mash tun because of it's ease of use and it' ability to make damn good beer. Once you've mastered the cooler mash tun and batch sparging, and you decide that you want more versatility, then move into a direct fired or other type of heated tun.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2011, 06:09:31 PM »
How To Brew is the only book you'll ever need, IMO. Everything else you need to know you can find online or through the many forums. Actually, as noted, that book is available online as well.

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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2011, 06:10:02 PM »
That cooler will be good. You'd have fewer problems if you mashed in a blue one, but nothing serious.

My first thought on looking at the picture.  That red will suck the efficiency right outta your mash.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2011, 06:22:30 PM »
Read.

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You know you can get HTB online *legally*, right? http://www.howtobrew.com/
How To Brew is the only book you'll ever need, IMO. Everything else you need to know you can find online or through the many forums. Actually, as noted, that book is available online as well.

The third edition is less than $20 on amazon IIRC. Support Mr Palmer. After all he has given to the homebrewing community it would be a real shame to infringe on his copyright by distributing illegal versions of his book.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2011, 06:30:34 PM »
That cooler will be good. You'd have fewer problems if you mashed in a blue one, but nothing serious.

My first thought on looking at the picture.  That red will suck the efficiency right outta your mash.


Why will it suck the efficiency out of it?
What my real question should be since i really only paid 10 bucks for it and all my other parts and such can be transfered to a different cooler later on and i want to get right into all grain b/c i have had the itch for like a year now will this cooler for the time being lol?
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2011, 06:38:31 PM »
Read.

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You know you can get HTB online *legally*, right? http://www.howtobrew.com/

Guess I'd better make John aware of that "other" link.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2011, 06:45:21 PM »
That cooler will be good. You'd have fewer problems if you mashed in a blue one, but nothing serious.

My first thought on looking at the picture.  That red will suck the efficiency right outta your mash.


Why will it suck the efficiency out of it?
What my real question should be since i really only paid 10 bucks for it and all my other parts and such can be transfered to a different cooler later on and i want to get right into all grain b/c i have had the itch for like a year now will this cooler for the time being lol?

Yeah, we're just kidding.  The cooler you got will work just fine.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2011, 07:37:39 PM »
It's a long-running Forum joke about blue mash tuns being superior. Welcome to the in-crowd. :-)

Besides, your cooler "includes a fish measuring ruler molded into the lid." Surely that offsets the red!

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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2011, 07:57:52 PM »
I went with this cooler
http://www.target.com/Igloo-Family-Cooler-Red-Quart/dp/B002VPSTYQ/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton

Hope this one will work for the time being.

I have the exact same cooler, but it doesn't hold in the heat very well. I have to wrap it in packing blankets to keep temps up, and I still lose 5-10* in a 75-90 minute mash. I will be buying the extreme cooler soon.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2011, 08:18:45 PM »
That cooler will be good. You'd have fewer problems if you mashed in a blue one, but nothing serious.

My first thought on looking at the picture.  That red will suck the efficiency right outta your mash.


Why will it suck the efficiency out of it?
What my real question should be since i really only paid 10 bucks for it and all my other parts and such can be transfered to a different cooler later on and i want to get right into all grain b/c i have had the itch for like a year now will this cooler for the time being lol?

Yeah, we're just kidding.  The cooler you got will work just fine.
I was gonna comment on the colour too but I figured I haven't been doing this long enough to get into the colour debate.  Should we discuss "Improving Efficiency Through Boiling" as well?

I started out homebrewing in college too.  Just don't take 20 years off like I did. 

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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2011, 10:57:46 AM »
Ok you talked me into it i bought
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-70-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler-Blue/dp/B000G64I1A
Off of amazon.
I hope this will work for 5 gallon batches, someone said it already will
I couldnt pass up 39.50$ and free shipping lol.

Oh and on another note how do you change the thing that tells you how many times you have brewed bc i am done like 9 and it says i am on the first one and it makes me look dumb lol
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2011, 11:11:56 AM »
It'll work with 5 gallon batches, and you'll be glad for the extra space when you do bigger beers or larger volumes.
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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2011, 11:30:02 AM »
Oh and on another note how do you change the thing that tells you how many times you have brewed bc i am done like 9 and it says i am on the first one and it makes me look dumb lol

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Re: Getting Started
« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2011, 12:47:24 PM »
Oh ok cool thanks for the info.
I also like the choices of avatars we can have Freddie Prince Jr is way too funny to pass up lol
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