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Building a mash tun

I am currently making the switch to all-grain and was curious if a 60 quart cooler would be enough room to brew the occasional 10 gallon batch?

If you know your grain bill, this site will tell you.

http://www.rackers.org/calcs.shtml

If you batch sparge then you should have no problems.

It should be big enough for most 10 gallon batches. I have done many 10 and 15 gallon batches in my 52 quart mash tun and even 1 20 gallon batch. I batch sparge by the way. Of course now I am building a 100 quart mash tun for the 20 gallon batches.

60 qt should be big enough for 10 gal batches up to 1.080 or so, depending on efficiency.

Yep, no problems using a 60qt for 10gal batches of standard brews.

Since 60 is large enough for 10 gallons, is it too big for 5 gallons? Does the extra head space create problems for maintaining the proper temperature?

Thanks.

[quote=“Sigma Brew”]Since 60 is large enough for 10 gallons, is it too big for 5 gallons? Does the extra head space create problems for maintaining the proper temperature?

Thanks.[/quote]
I use a 72 qt cooler, and brew almost exclusively 5 gallon batches. While it works, it is too big. If I was to do it again, I’d get about a 50 qt. If you were going to brew both, the 60 would be a good size.

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