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Making a Mash Tun MLT – Start All Grain Brewing!

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What’s a Mash Tun?

A mash tun is a container that holds grain and warm water.  The warm water activates enzymes in the malt and converts complex carbohydrates to yeast-friendly simple sugars.

A mash tun can be as simple as a bucket. Many homebrewers convert coolers to mash tuns.  Those have the advantage of insulation. That insulation helps maintain a steady temp throughout the mash process. Kettles are also regularly used as mash tuns and there are also some purpose built stainless mash tuns. An example of that is Ss Brewtech’s InfuSsion Mash Tun.

Components of a Mash Tun

  • A container – Examples: bucket, cooler, kettle, keggle or a purpose built vessel
  • Filter device/mechanism – Examples: false bottom, bazooka screen
  • Ball valve and tubing
  • Optional – sparge arm, thermometers

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48 Quart Coleman Cooler – $24.99 + 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”

2/24/21 2 AM Central: This is selling for just $24.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

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

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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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Reader Tip: 10 Gallon Igloo Cooler [Mash Tun or HLT] – $29.99 at Costco! + Compatible Conversion Kit Review

Thanks to HBF Reader Rick for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]Igloo 10-gallon Seat Top w/Cup Dispenser Cooler

Igloo 10-gallon Seat Top w/Cup Dispenser Cooler via Costoc.

These cooler makes a great mash tun and should also make a great HLT.  It’s featured in my review of Brew Hardware’s conversion kit, designed for this cooler. See – Hands On Review: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit – Making a Mash Tun

As of this posting, this is on sale for $29.99. Costco Membership is required.  Valid through 11/3.

Stacks With: As of this posting eBay is discounting orders of $25 or more by 15% as part of a quick flash sale.  Note that the discount is capped at $100 and you can only use this coupon code one time.  You can add multiple items to your cart. Use coupon code PICKSOON.  That sale makes this great cooler just $39.94 and free shipping is still in play.

Igloo 10-gallon Seat Top w/Cup Dispenser Cooler

Compare at Amazon: Igloo 10 Gallon Seat Top Water Jug With Cup Dispenser

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Hands On Review: Brew Hardware’s Cooler Mash Tun Conversion Kit – Making a Mash Tun

Igloo IMX Cooler 24 qt – $74.99, Save 25% at Ace Hardware

Igloo IMX Cooler 24 qt. White

Igloo IMX Cooler 24 qt. White

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

Designed to match the sturdiness and performance of high-end rotomold ice chests, the IMX cooler goes wherever you want to go and stands up to tough conditions. Built with injection molded construction, UV inhibitors, marine grade rubberized latches and stainless-steel screws, the IMX outmatches standard coolers with its thicker plastic body, Ultratherm® foam insulation and increased durability. This cooler is built for outdoor performance – take one on your next camping trip, hunting excursion or boating adventure.

  • Durable marine grade rubberized lid latches to lock in the cold.
  • Self-stopping integrated lid hinge detent keeps the lid open even on high seas
  • Cool Riser Technology™ – elevated design improves cooling performance
  • Stainless steel bail handle with comfort grip for easy one hand carry
  • Anti-skid feet on base keeps the cooler in place on a boat or in at truck bed
  • Lockable lid for maximum security
  • Stainless steel locking plate / bottle opener
  • Four self-draining drink holders. Integrated fish ruler for measuring your catch. Threaded drain plug for hose hook up.
  • Holds about 35 Cans

 

  • Add this to your cart and it drops a whopping 25% to $74.99.
  • Order online to reserve yours and select in free in store or curbside pickup.  Delivery is also free for Ace Rewards Members (membership is free)  to qualifying addresses with orders of $50 or more.

Igloo IMX Cooler 24 qt. White

Living Accents 29-1/4 H x 30 W x 72 L Rectangular Fold-in-Half Table

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 the product page. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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KOMOS® Rubicon Cooler Rotomolded Cooler – on sale for $159.99 + get free shipping

KOMOS® Rubicon Cooler D1916

KOMOS® Rubicon Cooler from MoreBeer!

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

What’s cooler than being cool? Ice Cold. And that’s just what your beer will be when stored in the KOMOS Rubicon Cooler. With durable rotomolded body, high density polyurethane insulation, and compression seal lid, the Rubicon will hold ice for days on end, even in the hottest of climates. Rotomolding is a procedure that ensures every part of the cooler is made with a continuous thick wall with minimal imperfections. This makes the cooler extremely tough, and is one of the features that have made YETI® coolers such a hit. The Rubicon is the ideal sidekick for camping trips, tailgaters, beach days, or wherever else you want to enjoy a cold beverage that tastes like it came straight out of the fridge.

If you’re designing your own jockey box, we highly recommend the Rubicon Cooler. High density polyurethane foam walls offer superior insulation compared to cheaper ice chest options, which means ice will hold for far longer and ensure your draft box doesn’t warm up before you’re done pouring beers. We love this cooler paired with the KOMOS Slimline Cold Plate, which will allow you to chill the beverage you’re serving while still having plenty of room to store other food and drinks.

Features:

  • Rotomolded body
  • High density polyurethane insulation
  • Lockable compression lid with high quality seal
  • Polyester rope handles with molded gripsRubber feet

Capacity:

  • 44 x 12 oz cans (2 layers standing)
  • 30 x 16 oz cans (1 layer standing, 1 layer laid down)
  • Both configurations will have plenty of room for ice!

Specifications:

  • Internal dimensions – 18″ long x 11″ wide x 12″ deep
  • External dimensions – 23.25″ long x 16.25″ wide x 16.5″ tall
  • Empty weight – 22.75 lbs

 

KOMOS® Rubicon Cooler D1916

 Price, promotions 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 this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

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Fall is a Good Time To Buy… Coolers!

Coleman 48-Quart Cooler, BluePictured: 48 Quart/12 Gallon Cooler via Amazon – this picture and link are for illustrative purposes only.  I’m not suggesting there is a current deal on this cooler, although there may be.

In my experience fall is, generally speaking, a good time to get a great deal on a cooler.  These are fairly bulky and retailers may want to clear out stock to make room for winter related gear.  Check your local retailer and try some of the links below to see what’s available.

If you find a great deal… let us know!

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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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10 Gallon Converted Igloo Cooler Mash Tun – Save $36

10 Gallon Converted Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom

10 Gallon Mash Tun via Adventures in Homebrewing

Includes stainless steel false bottom, stainless tube and stainless ball valve and 3 ft of high temp tubing and hose barb.  The picture shows an Industrial quality Igloo Cooler.  If you’re new to all grain, check out the product page for mashing instructions.

This is marked down $36 to $143.99.   Check product page for up to the minute price and availability.

10 Gallon Converted Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom

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10 Gallon Converted Igloo Cooler Mash Tun – $143.99

10 Gallon Converted Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom

10 Gallon Mash Tun via Adventures in Homebrewing

Includes stainless steel false bottom, stainless tube and stainless ball valve and 3 ft of high temp tubing and hose barb.  The picture shows an Industrial quality Igloo Cooler.  If you’re new to all grain, check out the product page for mashing instructions.

This is marked down $56 to $143.99.   Check product page for up to the minute price and availability.

10 Gallon Converted Igloo Cooler Mash Tun With False Bottom

homebrewing.org sale

More: Recent AIH Finds

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Making a Mash Tun MLT – Start All Grain Brewing!

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What’s a Mash Tun?

A mash tun is a container that holds grain and warm water.  The warm water activates enzymes in the malt and converts complex carbohydrates to yeast-friendly simple sugars.

A mash tun can be as simple as a bucket. Many homebrewers convert coolers to mash tuns.  Those have the advantage of insulation. That insulation helps maintain a steady temp throughout the mash process. Kettles are also regularly used as mash tuns and there are also some purpose built stainless mash tuns. An example of that is Ss Brewtech’s InfuSsion Mash Tun.

Components of a Mash Tun

  • A container – Examples: bucket, cooler, kettle, keggle or a purpose built vessel
  • Filter device/mechanism – Examples: false bottom, bazooka screen
  • Ball valve and tubing
  • Optional – sparge arm, thermometers

Continue reading