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Hands on Review: Spike Brewing Equipment Spike+ Homebrew Kettle

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 + Mash Tun Conversion

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.


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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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5 Gallon Igloo Cooler [Mash Tun or HLT] – $29.95 + free shipping + compatible conversion kit available via Brew Hardware

Igloo 5 Gallon Seat Top Beverage Jug with spigot

5 Gallon Cooler by Igloo Products Corp

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

  • UltraTherm insulation in body to keep beverage cold
  • Impact resistant plastic bottom
  • Reinforced handles for long product life
  • Pressure fit lid won’t trap dirt
  • 5 Gallon capacity

 

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

You could convert this to use as a mash tun for smaller batches (or for moderate gravity 5 gallon batches) or as an HLT,  The seat top style lid (not screw on) is handy because it allows you to run a temperature probe under the lid if you so choose.

To convert this to a mash tun consider…  5g Cooler to Mash Tun Conversion Kit – via Brew Hardware

11/15/19 3 AM Central: This is selling for $29.95. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. 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.

Igloo 5-Gallon Heavy-Duty Beverage Cooler, Orange & Ultimate Drip Catcher Set – note: multiple variations of this may be available, as such, a different version may show up at this link


Also: Converted 10 Gallon Mash Tun from Brew Hardware | 10 Gallon Igloo Cooler | Review: 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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.

48 Quart Coleman Cooler… $20.73 + free prime ship & Step by Step Mash Tun Conversion from the AHA

Coleman 48-Quart Cooler, Blue

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: 14 W x 14.5 H x 26 L in Inches
  • 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”

11/9/19 1 AM Central: This has dropped to $20.73.  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

Coleman 48 Quart Cooler – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Rubber Mini Keg BungReview: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit | Reflectix BP24010 Series Foil Insulation

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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Sparging Bag for 6.5 Gallon Buckets – $12.95 + free prime ship

Sparging Bag for 6.5 Gallon Bucket

Sparging Bag for 6.5 Gallon Bucket

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

  • Sparging bag
  • For 6.5 gallon bucket
  • Can be used for straining fruit wine

Fits in 5 – 6.5 gallon plastic buckets. Simply place the bag into your bucket as you would a trash can liner. Pour the mash into the sparging bag, then sparge into your brew kettle. Also used as straining bag for fruit wine.


 

11/6/19 6 AM Central: These have dropped to $12.95. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, 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 

Sparging Bag for 6.5 Gallon Bucket


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

More: Recent Amazon Finds



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.

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

Coleman 48-Quart Cooler, Blue

48 Quart/12 Gallon Cooler by Coleman

More Info

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: 14 W x 14.5 H x 26 L in Inches
  • 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 that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Rubber Mini Keg BungReview: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit | Reflectix BP24010 Series Foil Insulation

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

More: Recent Amazon Finds


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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1/2″ Stainless Stainless Weldless Bulkhead and Full Port Ball Valve

Home Brew Stuff SS-WV2 1/2" Stainless Steel Valve Weldless Bulkhead For Home Brew Kettle

Weldless bulkhead and ball valve


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

  • 1/2″ Weldless bulkhead fitting fits 7/8″ kettle hole.
  • Stainless steel full port ball valve
  • 1/2″ Stainless hose barb
  • High temp silicone seals
  • Installation instructions

Use to add a ball valve to your kettle based boil kettle, mash tun or HLT.

Home Brew Stuff SS-WV2 1/2″ Stainless Steel Valve Weldless Bulkhead For Home Brew Kettle – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: True Weldless Bulkheads from Brew Hardware

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Igloo 10 Gallon Cooler [for Mash Tun or HLT] – $46.99 + free shipping & Brew Hardware Conversion Kit Review

Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Beverage Cooler

Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Beverage dispenser with spigot and Cup Dispenser

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

  • Double loops on lid allow it to be secured to handles on both sides for added water security
  • Large-button spigot that will be easier to use for both gloved and smaller hands
  • Recessed and Angled drip-resistant spigot for easy dispensing
  • Reinforced comfort-grip handles for improved strength, comfortable transportation, and Product longevity
  • Keeper cord affixes lid to cooler for cleanliness and loss prevention and flat lid creates a seat when Not in use, and is stackable

 

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

I use this same cooler for my mash tun and it has worked great for me for years.  It holds temperature very well and it has held up like a champ.  It would also make a good HLT.  This has a lid that’s pressure fit (not threaded).  Since the lid isn’t threaded, you can fit a temperature probe underneath [See: Hands On: ChefAlarm Thermometer].

If you want to convert this to a mash tun…. considertn_img_0322-300x225 this conversion kit from Brew Hardware.  Check out my Review of that great setup

10/29/19 1 PM Central: This great cooler has dropped to $46.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. 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.

Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Beverage dispenser with spigot and Cup Dispenser – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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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Reflectix BP24010 Series Foil Insulation, 24 in. x 10 ft. [mash tun insulation & cooler hack]

Reflectix BP24010 Series Foil Insulation, 24 in. x 10 ft.

Reflectix BP24010 Series Foil Insulation, 24 in. x 10 ft.

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

  • Inhibits or eliminates condensation
  • Nontoxic/no carcinogenic
  • Does not require Protective clothing, goggles, or respirator

5/16″ thick with two outer layers of aluminum foil. Each foil layer is bonded to a tough layer of polyethylene for strength. Reflects up to 97% of radiant heat with an R-value up to 14.3 depending on application. Excellent vapor barrier for below grade. Can be used for radiant floors, crawl spaces, duct insulation, metal buildings, basement walls & attics. Square edge roll double bubble foil both sides 5/16″ thick with two outer layers of aluminum foil Each foil layer is bonded to a tough layer of polyethylene for strength Reflects up to 97% of radiant heat with an R-value up to 14.3 depending on application Excellent vapor barrier for below grade Can be used for radiant floors, crawl spaces, duct insulation, metal buildings, basement walls & attics. Easy applied with tape & staples. Specifications Size: 24″ x 10′.

 

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

Possible homebrew application: Use to insulate to your compatible mash tun or HLT to help maintain temperatures.  Cooler hack… I use this for my coolers (regular ole cooler as a cooler, not mash tun).  I cut a piece to fit the top of each cooler (fitting it to the cooler size as tightly as possible) and place on top of food or ice to provide an additional layer of insulation.

Reflectix BP24010 Series Foil Insulation, 24 in. x 10 ft.


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

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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.

1/2″ Stainless Stainless Weldless Bulkhead and Ball Valve

DERNORD 1/2 Inch Stainless Stee Ball Valve Weldless Bulkhead For Home Brew Kettle (1/2 NPT to 1/2 Barb Hose)

DERNORD 1/2 Inch Stainless Stee Ball Valve Weldless Bulkhead For Home Brew Kettle (1/2 NPT to 1/2 Barb Hose)

Weldless bulkhead and ball valve.  1/2″ weldless bulkhead fitting fits 7/8″ kettle hole.  Includes stainless steel full port ball valve with 1/2″ SS barb and high temp silicone seals.  All fittings are 304 stainless steel.  Seals are high temp silicone.


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

  • 1/2 Inch Stainless Steel 2 piece Full Port Ball Valve
  • 1/2 Inch Stainless Steel Hose Barb
  • 1/2 Inch weldless bulkhead fitting fits 7/8 Inch kettle hole
  • WOG1000 working pressure rating (1000psi) to withstand high pressure and extreme temperatures
  • Rigorous testing standards prove minimal corrosion and rust along with easy cleaning

Use to add a ball valve to your compatible kettle based boil kettle, mash tun or HLT.

DERNORD 1/2 Inch Stainless Stee Ball Valve Weldless Bulkhead For Home Brew Kettle (1/2 NPT to 1/2 Barb Hose) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: True Weldless Bulkheads from Brew Hardware

More: Recent Amazon Finds