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IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby pulsarair » Sun May 05, 2013 5:21 pm

I am planning to build a Mash Tun out of a 10 Gallon IGLOO Cooler. I know understand I most likely should have purchased their screaming yellow and red Commercial cooler. Unfortunately I purchased a RED IGLOO 10 Gallon Cooler from WalMart. I just researched info telling me the Commercial one is built better. (Info is kind of late as I already have the red one).

That said, will I be alright using the cooler I purchased? (I plan to purchase a SS false bottom from More Beer as well as their SS keg conversion spigot which is now on back order. The RED IGLOO Cooler sure looks good. When I purchased it, I thought the only difference was the color red instead of the OSHA yellow one.

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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby jeeper » Sun May 05, 2013 6:26 pm

you'll be fine. The grain itself retains most of the heat during the mash.
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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby shecallsmeblue » Mon May 06, 2013 8:43 am

I used the red one for years. No problems. Keeps in heat well, and as explained above the heat from the grain will help with retention as well.
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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby turbo_ale » Mon May 06, 2013 11:12 am

Not sure of the difference between the Igloo coolers other than color, but I have the orange Rubbermaid cooler. These do very well at keeping mash temps, if I do a ten gallon batch my mash temp will stay within 1F in 60 minutes. If I do a five gallon batch it will only drop 2F in 60 minutes.
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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby CA_Mouse » Mon May 06, 2013 12:12 pm

I don't know if there really is a difference in the exterior color or not. I bought a blue 'Lowes' branded Igloo 5 gallon that holds temp with less than 1F loss over a 90 minute mash. I bought a Coleman blue rectangle that losses 1F to 2F over the same amount of time, depending on the total weight of grains I'm mashing.

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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby MattM1050 » Mon May 06, 2013 3:33 pm

I had noticed that volume and ambient temperature play a decent role in holding temps. During the summer when it's 95°F out, I wouldn't lose anything in a ten gallon batch. During the winter though, if it was 45°F out and I was brewing the same volume, I'd lose about 2°F. All-in-all though, these coolers do a fine job at holding mash temperature! Much better than a stainless kettle. Only problem is if you want to mash out or step mash, you'll need to have a HERMS system going...

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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby pulsarair » Mon May 06, 2013 7:43 pm

Thanks, guys for the help. I appreciate your reply's.

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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby waleeedijaz » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:23 am

these coolers do a fine job at holding mash temperature! Much better than a stainless kettle. Only problem is if you want to mash out or step mash, you'll need to have a HERMS system going..
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Re: IGLOO Mash Tun

Postby Denny » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:37 am

Should you need a different cooler, look into the rectangular ones. You get much more volume for your money.
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