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Pot or cooler based mash tun?

Today I have 2 pots for brewing: a 45L one for water and a 67L one for mash/boiling. My plan was to use the smaller for mash and then transfer to the other to boil, but i found it very tigth, so today ...
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What is the proper way to maintain temperature in a water cooler Mash tun by adding hot water?

I bought the 10 gallon water cooler from Home Depot. The hole in it is about 3/4" diamater. After discovering that Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, and etc. did not sell all the components (hose ...
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Which Stores carry the metal connectors for constructing a Mash Tun?

I've been to 3 Home Depots in my area searching for the metallic components to construct a mash tun out of a water cooler. I could not find stainless steel, only galvanized or black steel. They a ...
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Turn Bottling Bin into a Mash Tun?

If I attach a removable mesh filter to hold back the grains and I properly insulate the entire bottling bin, can I dual wield it as a bottler and as a mashing tun? What benefits are there to having ...
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What size mash tun for a half batch (2-3 gallon) brew?

I have a 10 gallon mash tun (chest cooler) and I've been brewing with pre-made kits. I want to start making my own recipes but I want to do half-batches (2.5 gallons) until I get the hang of things so ...
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Stuck Mash — New LHBS

I recently found that there was a home brew store much closer to my house than the one that I had been visiting. The new store has a larger selection of grains, yeast, and hops; but I've been having a ...
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Mash tun: slotted false bottom?

Would a slotted false bottom prevent uniform compaction better than a perforated false bottom? See this model: http://www.homebrewing.org/12-Stainless-Steel-Domed-False-Bottom_p_1058.html I'm ...
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Mash tun shape - does it matter?

Or mash tun aspect ratio, if you like. Tall and skinny, or short and wide? I know a deeper grain bed (tall and skinny) will be better for lautering purposes, but will a flatter grain bed (short and ...
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Does a smaller false-bottom affect efficiency?

Last night I picked up a 10-gallon cooler mash tun. It was supposed to come with a 12" false bottom, but the LHBS was out of those. Instead they offered me a 10" false bottom, saying that it would ...
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Which material for a manifold in a converted cooler mash tun?

I've been using a stainless braid for the last 3 years or so in my Igloo Ice Cube cooler. Despite my being careful, it has gotten compressed in a couple of places over the years, and I'd like to ...
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What's the next item, burner, big brew kettle, or AGS?

I'm currently brewing in the limbo between extract and all grain. I plan to each batch (about 2 or 3 batches a year for me) buy a significant piece of equipment to get me closer to all-grain. I ...
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What's the ideal size for a mash tun?

This question has been bothering me for a while and I looked it up using google. The only related search result was this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-big-your-mash-tun-needs-123585/ ...
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How many pounds of grain can you mash in a cylindrical cooler?

For the standard 10-gallon, cylindrical cooler, what's the upper limit of grain I can reasonably expect to mash?
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How big do the holes need to be in a Zapap style Mash/Lauter Tun?

I'm looking to make one of the mash tuns out of a plastic bucket. I find instructions like "drill a bazillion holes into the bottom with a small drill bit". How small? Is there a size that's too ...
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Converting your fermentation bucket into a mash tun

Most people use coolers for mash tuns, but living in an apartment myself I can tell that having the least possible equipment is a priority. I know some people use their secondary fermenters as mash ...
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What characteristics should a bucket have to be suitable for a mash tun?

Does it need to have anything special or any food-grade bucket would do?
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Insulating My Mash Tun

I have a pretty typical converted keg mash tun. Over the course of a sixty minute mash it loses 8-10º F. My previous mash tun, a converted cooler would only drop a few degrees and I would like to be ...