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Alexander Reece (63.169.156.61)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you switch back and forth between 5 and 10 gallon batches - what size cooler should one get in order to go all grain?

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Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Depends on the gravity you're going for...in my 48 qt. cooler, I can get enough grain for 10 gal. OGs up to about 1.055 at 1 qt./lb.
 

davidw (209.107.44.126)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Same here as Denny with my 10 gallon round cooler for 10 gallon batches. However I feel this size is a bit limiting, especially if you want a 'thinner' liquor to grist ratio or want 10 gallons of a bigger OG. But if you do mostly 5 gallon batches, which I still do at times, it's a good size.

That said I just purchased a 70 quart Coleman for $22. I figure I can now (conservatively) accomodate 30-35 pounds of grain for 10 gallon batches in the range of 1.070-80. That's a pretty average OG for me, having been brain-washed by Walt. ;)
 

Alexander Reece (63.169.156.61)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there any pitfalls with purchasing a 68 qt cooler and using it on "smaller" beers?
 

Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you're fly sparging, you might run into reduced efficiency due to a shallow grain bed. If you're batch sparging, that's not an issue.
 

davidw (209.107.44.126)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Some brewers will note concerns about having too shallow of a grain bed, resulting in channeling and poor efficiency. I can't remark on that due to lack of experience, but can say if you batch sparge it isn't a worry due to the process of adding sparge water and stirring, which aids extraction.
 

Denny Conn (140.211.82.4)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great minds, David...and we were only a minute apart!
 

big earl (209.222.26.27)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 07:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

like they said...

I get about the same eff. batch sparging a 5gal batch or a 10 gal batch....and I use a 70qt rec. cooler. I'd hate to have to use a smaller one for 10 gal batches.
 

Alexander Reece (63.169.156.61)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 09:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks again for the information

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