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Which Cooler for mash tun

Since getting into all grain this past summer, I have been using a cheap 52 quart cooler with a bad seal on top. My braid also sits about 1 1/2" off the bottom of the cooler. I looked at different coolers all summer at Walmart, Menards, Target, etc, but all the new extreme type coolers have an angled spout which would cause the SS braid to be at an angle in the cooler. I looked at garage sales for used coolers but didn’t have much luck. I would like to go with at least a 60 quart cooler and possibly a 72. Any suggestions???

I really like my 60qt Igloo Cube. If you don’t like where the drain is, drill a new one. If you do a search for “60qt Igloo Cube Conversion” you’ll find my entire build.

I do not like the Ice Cube I have.

I have an Xtreme with a straight spout and a channel drain.

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[quote=“Wahoo”]I do not like the Ice Cube I have.

I have an Xtreme with a straight spout and a channel drain.

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Wahoo,
How old is your coleman? All of the one’s I looked at that were this years model had the angled drain.

Wahoo, what do you not like about the Igloo Cube? With the one I built, I only leave behind 1.32qts w/o tipping. And after insulating the lid have no issues with heat loss.

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[quote=“Baratone Brewer”]Wahoo, what do you not like about the Igloo Cube? With the one I built, I only leave behind 1.32qts w/o tipping. And after insulating the lid have no issues with heat loss.

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Mostly, he fact that you have to aftermarket the s*** out of it to make it as usable as an extreme is out of the box.

Also the lid is obnoxious, it sticks. It also comes off if you open it too far.
Also the wheels are a nuisance especially when you are dealing with the obnoxious lid.
Finally, as a cooler, it’s topheavy. So even after I retired it as a mash tun and turned it back into a cooler, it haunted me when a cooler full of beer and food went a** over teaketttle in the backseat of my wife’s new car. it was in the backseat because it’s too tall to fit in the trunk… a bad design for a cooler.

Bottom line, my advice is that if you have a ice cube sitting around and want to convert it into a MT, then follow Baratone’s process and you will have a kick ass cooler. If you are buying a cooler to convert, find one that doesn’t need a lot of mods to get it where you need to be.

Roddy,
Mine is probably 2 years old. Are the ones you are seeing the ones with wheels? I have never seen an unwheeled cooler with an angled drain. Incidentally, it’s not the angle that’s the problem, it’s the height of the hole.

Hmmm. :?
Never had any issues with the lid on my 60qt Cube. In fact the lid was so hard to remove that I left it on when I drilled and insulated it and the wheels have never been an issue. Mine is nice and balanced and it was a fun project.

My Xtreme looks like Frankenstein right now. The lid came off so it is barely hanging on and I duck taped whole back part. The front is soo warped from doing High gravity beers and having soo much water in there. Does it work?..OH YEAH!!! So not messing with it till it explodes.

What do you mean by angled drain, the hole through the cooler wall is at an angle or the valve comes through the wall straight and the valve is angled?

My lid is completely off, the wind blew it off of my loading dock one day when I was cleaning it. I had only used it a few times so I was pissed, after a few uses I decided I like being able to take it completely off, I can stir and add water from either side.

I use one 60 quart cooler mashtun, and one that is 75 quart. Many of my beers so far were made in the 60 quart, but needed the larger one sometimes.

Here are some thoughts. I do 10 to 12 gallon batches, since that’s the post-boil yield I can get from my 15 gallon brewpot (actually a keggle), so if doing occasional 10 gallon batches, consider whether instead you might want to make them 11 or 12 gallon batches. I get by with 6.5 gal bucket primary fermenters using anti-foam drops, so I can handle the larger volume, or if not bottling will go with 11 gallons, which minus trub, fills two corny kegs with beer.

As to mashtun capacity, using the larger mashtun recently, at 68% brewhouse efficiency, I nearly maxed it out with 43 lbs of grain to make 11.5 gallons of a 1.080 beer, with a ProMash stated 14.5 gallon capacity needed, while still having a little room to stir. Remember that the actual liquid level capacity is likely less than the capacity advertised on the cooler for whatever reason (maybe their capacity number incorporates airspace inside the lid).

In my 60 quart (both coolers are blue rectangular Rubbermaids), I max out the cooler with around 35 lbs of grain with a ProMash stated 13.5 gallon capacity needed. I hope that helps.

I made a new mash-tun this week with a 62 quart Coleman extreme.

Very easy to do. Don’t even have to drill anything!

Perfect for 10 gal batches, and holds enough to do a single sparge!

I got the one on wheels, makes it easier to drag to dump my spent grains.

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