[quote=“Adam20”][quote=“Beersk”][quote=“StormyBrew”]I always use a 5 gallon cooler. I’ve had 7-9 lbs in mine and it makes for a think mash at 1.3-1.5 qts/lb. Requires a bit more time to stir in, but othewise, not really different than 5 lbs.
IME, mash either two half batches or just do a small (half to 3 gallon) batch. That’s what I do almost exclusively now. Yes, you have less beer on hand (in my case, 4 kegs x 3 gallons = 12 gallons of brew versus 20 gallons) but then you also have to brew more (brewing is fun) often so your selection changes more rapidly. Win-win in my book.
What are you talking about? 7-9 lbs in a 5 gallon cooler? I can mash up to 12 or so pounds with a 1.25 qt/lb ratio.
For high gravity brews, just add like 3 lbs of DME to the boil.[/quote]
Yeah Ive done 12-13. Its possible. Really full and thick but the beer was fine. I got a second cheap 5 gallon cooler and false bottom and now use both coolers for high gravity beers. 12 pounds in each with equal-ish runnings gets me a nice gravity.[/quote]
Relax guys, put down the pints and re-read my post. All I said was that i’ve HAD (meaning past tense) 7-9lbs and it was thick. I said nothing about it being a limit or ever suggested it was any where near the maximum. It’s just what i’ve had in my 5 gallon cooler. Nothing more, nothing less.