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10 Gallon Cooler Mash Tun w/Built in Thermometer – $164.99 + Free Shipping

Cooler Mash Tun With Thermometer - 10 Gallon

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Cooler mash tun from MoreBeer.  Includes stainless false bottom and ball valve and an installed thermometer for tracking mash temps.  Coolers like this work great as mash tuns because they hold temperature very well.

Cooler Mash Tun With Thermometer – 10 Gallon AG335$199.99 $164.99 + Free Shipping

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Related: All Grain Tips & Gear | Making a Mash Tun using Brew Hardware’s Conversion Kit

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Hands on Review: Anvil Brewing Equipment Forge Propane Burner

This guest review is by Homebrew Finds Reader Tom Brennan.  Read more about Tom and grab a link to his website and YouTube channel below.

Anvil Brewing Equipment Forge Burner

When I was looking for a new burner I stumbled upon this utilitarian looking burner it was for me, with the BTU’s (72,000/hr) to back it up. This looked strong, rugged, and simply made. And at first glance, the Anvil Forge Burner had it all for me.


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Brew Hardware 10 Gallon Cooler to Mash Tun Conversion Kit – $68 + Hands on Review

cooler conversion kit

This Brew Hardware Mash Tun Conversion Kit includes everything you need to convert a 10 gallon Igloo or Home Depot Rubbermaid Cooler to a Mash Tun.  Note that it does not includes a cooler.

This kit includes:

  • 12″ stainless steel domed false bottom with upgraded large ID connection elbow
  • One piece (Brew Hardware custom designed) machined bulkhead with interior barb
  • 2 piece stainless ball valve – can be upgraded to 3 piece
  • Required length of high temp silicone tubing
  • Does not include cooler or barb/camlock.  Barb and camlock fitting options are available under accessories on the right side of the screen.

from Brew Hardware: “What makes our kit different than the competition? Ugh, now we have to brag just a little. The bulkhead we include in this kit is custom machined out of hex bar stock to our exact specifications making it extremely simple to install and leak free from day one. It’s not a bunch of off the shelf parts made with half a roll of teflon tape. We also use a high flow elbow connector at the false bottom which also features a custom made smooth bore retainer. Long story short, we’ve held off on offering cooler false bottom kits for a long time until we had all the high end components described here.” [full product description]

Options are available both for an Igloo 10 gallon cooler and for Home Depot’s 10 gallon cooler.   A complete converted option is also available.  That includes the cooler along with your choice of connection fittings.  In my experience it’s cheaper to grab the conversion kit from Brew Hardware and source the cooler separately.  See some links to compatible coolers below.

This is the conversion kit I use and it’s… awesome.   tn_img_0322-300x225Check out my Hands on Review.

As of this posting, this great conversion kit is selling for $68.  Pricing and, especially, availability can vary.  Check Brew Hardware for current, description, price and availability.

COOLER TO MASH TUN CONVERSION KIT


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Brewers Hardware False Bottom/Grain Press Closeout – $30, Save 25%, Limited Availability

False Bottom/Grain Press from Brewers Hardware

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

These were one of the original design false bottoms for our kettles, but are now discontinued. They are 15 5/8″ wide, so they will fit any kettle with an inside diameter greater than that.

These false bottoms do not come with legs. Because of this, you will need to supply your own or instead it could be used as a press to help push out remaining wort in the grain.

 

As of this posting, Brewers Hardware has a limited number of these marked down 25% to $30.  Check Brewers Hardware for current availability.

False Bottom/Grain Press for Kettle

Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Kettle! + v3 closeout sale

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Spike+ Kettle and Mash Tun

Spike kettles come in sizes from 10 gallons all the way up to 50 gallons. The 10, 15, and 20 gallon kettles all share a common trait of 1.2 mm thick walls and a 5 mm thick base. The 30 and 50 gallon units up those numbers to 1.5 mm walls and a 6 mm base. Spike is quick to point out that these are the thickest kettle walls on the market. At first that might not seem like something that matters, it just seems like something that makes them heavy to lift and move around. But if you accidentally bang it into a doorway or a table you’re thankful for sturdy kettle walls that keep it looking new rather than beat up.

The heavy bottom is sturdy enough to hold a level flat bottom rather than a slightly convex shape thinner kettles experience from stamping pressures. This lets it sit truly flat on your brew table and keep its weight centered low for a sturdy footing. The bottom is a tri-clad design that has layers of stainless steel on the bottom and top for strength and stain resistance, and a layer of aluminum inside to make use of its thermal conductivity properties to help distribute heat across the bottom of the kettle. The heat distribution helps avoid wort scorching on cooktops and gas burners.

Cut-away view showing stepped bottom

The bottom has a step designed in that helps simplify the false bottom. With the step, the false bottom rests on this and lets gravity and the hydrostatic pressure of the wort keep the false bottom sealed to the bottom of the kettle without requiring a grommet or seal on it. And the Spike custom false bottom is unique. It’s heavy-gauge and sturdy like the rest of the kettle, but that’s not what makes it unique. It’s perfectly sized to the stepped bottom of the kettle, and provides 2 stages of filtering. The top layer that the grain rests on has slots cut into it, and the bottom has a supporting ring that has holes cut into it. The Spike custom pickup tube extends to the center of the false bottom, collecting wort from inside the ring. So most of the wort getting to the pickup tube has to first pass through the top layer slots, and then through the holes surrounding the pickup tube.

A look at the top of the false bottomOutlet Port and Inlet Port Level Inside

The bottom port of the standard kettle sits at about the 2.5 gallon level with the 15-gallon kettle. If you’re using the Spike pickup tube, this extends in and touches down on the bottom. So if you’re transferring wort out with a pump, you can vacuum out the last bits of wort, leaving almost nothing behind. The temperature port sits a bit higher, and a temperature probe requires about 4 gallons of wort to be submerged. The Spike thermowell accessory that mates to the TC port is extremely well made. A polished, smooth surface extends in and has no visible gaps or crevices at the joints and a mirror-like shine.

Outside TC Fitting Weld


A Rare Sale, Review Continues Below:

With the announcement of their V4 lineup of Kettles, Spike Brewing Equipment is also clearing out all V3 stock.  These are featured filled, high quality kettles that are rarely discounted.  The closeout is a rare chance to get a deal.  NOTE: Limited to stock on hand, when these are gone.. they’re gone.  Check out the Bargain Cave for complete selection and availability.

V3 Kettle Closeout – a v3 Spike+ kettle is reviewed in this post

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The reviewed mash tun is a Spike+ Kettle + false bottom, pickup tube, TC Valve, Gaskets & Clamps


Hands on Trial

Butterfly Valve Attached to Pickup Tube

The heft of the 15 gallon kettle was noticeable while moving it around my brew area (30 lbs empty weight with butterfly valve, center pickup tube, false bottom, and thermowell w/ temperature gauge). But its strength was impressive, and definitely seemed liked something you’d use until you passed it down to your kids (or something like that). The 15-gallon size was just about the limit for my 2 ft x 2ft stainless sink to fit in for cleaning. With the weight of it, I was definitely having to be more creative with more of bringing the water to the kettle and less filling at the sink and lugging it around.

The weld quality of the TC flanges was phenomenal. The surface of the weld was so smooth and uniform, it made for very easy cleaning. Which of course is great, since that’s the whole point of the TC ports. This was my first experience with these ports. Cleaning was made so easy, as fittings were removed just by hand loosening the clamps and pulling hardware out. And when putting them back on, I kept thinking that I would end up needing to fiddle with the clamp/gasket to get a good seal, but they were flawless. There really is no comparison to NPT fittings with Teflon tape, or weldless fittings with O-rings in this regard. You pay more money, but there are tangible results with speed/ease of cleaning and hassle free no-leak operation.

The dial temperature gauge was large and readable, with markings every 2 degrees, making it easy to read within 1 degree (i.e. if you’re on a line or in between two lines). The gauge did require some adjustment to be accurate, but luckily the adjustment screw was easy to reach. After adjustment it maintained accuracy in the couple batches I brewed after.

Conclusions

These kettles come with a price tag that’s a step up. Sometimes you can’t afford that, and there are other options out there. But if you do pony up some extra money for nice gear, you expect to see a benefit from it. The Spike kettle/mash tun definitely delivers on that, with durability and super high quality that’s plain to see. The TC fittings fall into that category as well, providing you extra benefits with ease of use and ease of cleaning. Overall, the whole line up from kettle to accessory is exactly what you’d expect to see in a high quality offering.

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More Photos

Closeup TC Weld Quality – Inside the Mash TunBottom View of the False BottomA look inside Spike Brewing Equipment’s Mash Tun – note that a Blichmann AutoSparge is installed in this photo
TC Clamps and Silicone Gaskets

Special Thanks to Spike Brewing Equipment for for providing the unit used for evaluation in this review.

By Brad Probert.  Check out Brad’s website – beersnobby.com

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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48 Quart Coleman Cooler + Step by Step Mash Tun Conversion from the AHA

48 Quart/12 Gallon Cooler by Coleman

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Keeps the Ice: 3-day ice retention at temperatures up to 90 °F
  • Holds 63 cans; Added height to hold 2-liter bottles upright to help prevent spills
  • Leak-resistant drain lets you remove water without turning the cooler upside down
  • Hinged lid for easy, one-handed access; 2-way handles for easy lifting and carrying in a space-saving design
  • Low CO2 insulation for reduced carbon emissions from foam manufacturing
  • Dimensions: 13.9 W x 14.6 H x 25.9 L in Inches; 5 pounds
  • Made in the USA

 

This is the same style of cooler that’s featured in the AHA’s Article… Building a Mash Tun has Never Been So Easy.  That build is based on Denny Conn’s design.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “mash”

Coleman 48 Quart Cooler – note multiple colors are available, a different version may show up


Also:  Rubber Mini Keg Bung | All Grain Tips & Gear | Review: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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Rare Discount: Buy an Ss Brewtech InfuSsion Mash Tun, Get a Free $20 Gift Card + Hands on Review

Ss Brewtech InfuSsion Mash Tun (20 gallon)

Ss Brewtech InfuSsion Mash Tun (20 gallon) via Austin Homebrew Supply


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Ss Brewtech InfuSsion Mash Tun (20 gallon)

This fully insulated, dual wall stainless steel mash tun has an integrated center port for draining, LCD thermometer, and a false bottom set up with gaskets. The conical center draining port removes concerns with dead space, and increases efficiency, and the interior gallon markings making prepping and measuring a breeze. A front mounted manometer allows you to easily measure differential pressure, and it also features a recirculation port near the top. The InfuSsion Mash Tun features astounding heat retention; compared to cooler mash tuns of similar size the InfuSsion drops 5º F less during a 60 min. mash.

Features:
-Internal Volume Markers
-Included Thermowell and Precision LCD Thermometer
-Integrated Recirculation Port
-Foam Insulated Dual Wall 304 SS
-Foam Insulated Lid (reduces heat loss)
-False Bottom Assembly with Silicone Gasket
-Manometer to measure Differential Pressure
-Silicone Handles which double as a lid hanger


Check out our Hands on Review of the InfuSsion Mash Tun

Discounts on SS Brewtech gear and few and far between.  Why?  This is a MAP item.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between sellers and manufacturer’s not to sell an item below a certain price.  This generally sells for about the same price no matter where you purchase it from and rarely discounted.

As of this posting, this starts at $579.  Check AHS for current price and availability.

Works With: As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply is giving away a free $20 gift card with all purchases of $100 or more.  It also stacks with items that are already on sale.  No coupon code is necessary.  The promotional gift card will be automatically added to your cart when you place $100 of qualifying merchandise in your cart.  Check AHS for current availability.

Ss Brewtech InfuSsion Mash Tun (20 gallon)

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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Note that the $20 gift card is is good toward a future purchase.  No Ss Brewtech item is directly discounted.

Also: Cereal Killer Grain Mill – All Grain Kits That Ship For Free

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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10 Gallon Igloo Mash Tun AND HLT Tank – $166.81, Save $83.18 w/stacking sales

10 Gallon Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom AND Hot Liquor Tank

10 Gallon Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom AND Hot Liquor Tank via Austin Homebrew Supply

About, from AHS: “This is a pair of 10 Gallon Converted Igloo Coolers made into ar Mash Tun With False Bottom AND a Hot Liquor Tank,  This package includes 2 Igloo coolers. One 10 gallon cooler will be used as a hot liquor tank. The HLT will include a ball valve and hose for sparging. The mash tun is a converted 10 Gallon Igloo cooler with a stainless steel false bottom, a stainless tube, and ball valve.  Color may vary due to availability.”

As of this posting, Austin Homebrew Supply has a selection of ALL GRAIN homebrew recipe kits that include free shipping to most US addresses.  Prices are starting at just $27.94 shipped to your door.  Check AHS for current selection and pricing.

About from Austin Homebrew Supply: “These recipes are crafted by the talented brewers of Austin Homebrew, the leader in Homebrew Recipes.”

As of this posting, this combo marked down $50 to $199.99.  Check AHS for current availability.

Stacks With: As of this posting AHS is discounting most things by a whopping 16.59% when you place a qualifying $39 order.  This ties AHS’ 2018 Black Friday Sale as one of the top % off deals I’ve seen them have.  No coupon code is required, savings will be automatically reflected at checkout.  This stacking deal saves you an additional $33.18 for a total savings of $83.18.

10 Gallon Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom AND Hot Liquor Tank

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

Recent Deals!  Last Fifty Finds

Also: Free Shipping All Grain Recipe Kits – via AHS to many US addresses

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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Rubber Mini Keg Bung [used in some mash tun conversions] – $3.79 + free prime ship

Rubber Mini Keg Bung


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Rubber mini keg bung
  • Reusable bung for a 5 liter Party keg
  • 2 piece design

Two piece reusable bung for a 5 liter party keg. The most common plug used in home brewing for 5 liter kegs.


This is primarily intended to be used with 5L mini kegs.  It’s also used in some cooler mash tun conversion projects.  See: How to Build a Mash Tun from the AHA

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “mash tun”

2/25/19 9 PM Central: This has dropped to $3.79. That’s the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lighting Deals or coupons. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Rubber Mini Keg Bung


Also: Coleman 48 Quart Cooler | All Grain Tips & Gear

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll |  Batch Sparge SpreadsheetBIAB Brew Day Spreadsheet | The Brew Bag – Purpose Made BIAB

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Hands on Review: Blichmann Engineering AutoSparge

blichmann autosparge review

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Blichmann AutoSparge

The Blichmann AutoSparge is an ingenious device that gives you “digital like” control precision, but uses no electronics to accomplish it. Its function is to automatically maintain a water level in your mash tun during sparging or recirculation of wort. If your brewing process uses sparge water transfer or recirculating wort, the AutoSparge turns this into a hands-free operation where you set it up once and then can go worry about other things (or RDWHAHB).

The AutoSparge uses some cool engineering principles to maintain the liquid level in your mash tun. The main function is a slider piston valve that uses hydraulic pressure to let liquid flow into your kettle. This screws into a 1/2″ NPT port on your kettle. With fluid pushing on the valve (either from a pump or from a gravity feed), it pushes the valve back and lets beer in the kettle. There’s a barbed fitting and a length of hose that comes with it to take circulating wort from the top of your kettle down to the grain level. Attached to the other end of the valve is a long rod and stainless-clad hollow ball. This ball floats on the water level in your kettle. As the fluid level rises, the ball floats up and pushes the slider valve closed, shutting off the flow of wort into your kettle.

The rod and floating ball is adjusted simply by a wing nut you loosen and adjust the float to sit at the level you want, then hand tighten it down. With laws of physics and lever arms, the ball can easily contain the high flow rate of a recirculating pump you may have hooked up. Another nice detail is the hose that delivers the wort down to your grain bed has its own little floating ball. In this way, it will sit on the top of your fluid level, and not be buried down in your grain bed blasting its own trench.

Once you have your float level set, you just let your pump(s) run. As you pull wort out from the bottom of your mash tun, the fluid level goes down in the kettle and the float arm opens up the valve and lets more wort come in. If you’re pulling fluid out slowly, the wort level drops slowly and therefore the valve only opens a little bit to replace that wort slowly. If you’re pulling out wort quickly, the level drops more quickly and the valve opens up more.


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