10 Gallon Fermenter's Favorites® Cooler Mash/Lauter Tun
New cooler design stores easily and stays out of the way with recessed, foldable handles and a narrower body for a smaller footprint in your brew cave.
The new and improved Fermenter's Favorites® cooler assembly is the most affordable mash tun in all-grain brewing, loaded with brewing power for superior sparging and exceptional efficiency.
Upgraded to ensure a tight seal, our insulated Fermenter's Favorites® Mash/Lauter Tun cooler features a silicone-reinforced valve port for a leak-free brew day and arrives mash-ready out-of-the-box for you to get brewing, complete with a brass ball valve offering superior flow control that allows you to achieve the optimal sparge rate for any batch size.
Improved effectiveness in keeping grain particles out of your wort, the newly redesigned smooth-edged Titan universal false bottom promotes clear wort with half the dead space of traditional domed false bottoms, delivering high mash yields and eliminating scratched cooler walls.
Increased flexibility to brew bigger beers, the Fermenter's Favorites® 10 gallon cooler has an expanded full capacity of 11.7 gallons for brewing five to ten gallon batches.
Color of All-Grain System may vary.
- Fermenter's Favorites® Cooler
- 11.5" Titan False Bottom
- Bronze Ball Valve Cooler Kit with Barbed Hose Fittings
- Thermoplastic Tubing 3/8" ID
- Hi-Temp Clear Vinyl Tubing 3/8" ID
- Teflon Tape
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This was my first attempt at an all grain mash, so I learned quite a few things. The assembly was easy, and made it work without any issue. The mash in, we excellent, as did the initial sparge (batch sparged). I may have lost a little patience when I added additional water to the sparge. Got plugged about 1/2 way through the sparge, but was able to dip and strain to get the needed wort. Will be better prepared and more patience next time. Product performed well, any issues I chalk up to user error.
It performed flawlessly while sparging. Maintained a steady temp for 60 minutes. I highly recommend it.
Overall the tun works well, typically only lose a degree or two for a 60 minute mash and a 5 gallon batch. Getting the thing tight is a bit of a pain, but once it’s set there is little reason to take it apart.
When you get yours, check the elbow that sits on top of the false bottom. Ours had a huge burr leftover from machining that made for a stuck mash on our first brew.
I have brewed using this mash tun 4 times since buying. Each time I have had some sort of issue, despite setting up properly.
First, instructions were not very good. I figured it out because I know what I’m doing with o-rings and valves, but could have been explained step by step very easily. This has hardly anything to do with my rating of 1 star.
Second issue - my first time using it, when doing the first sparge, I noticed it had been leaking from the drain port. Counter was so sticky and lost a little yield.
Third issue - the sparge got stuck. I tried all of the tricks in the book to get this to work. Still no success. Ended up using a grain bag to filter out the grain. This was a royal pain and also lost some yield from it. Beer still turned out good at least.
Before brewing again I inspected everything. I took apart the drain valve and put back together and tightened. Leaking improved quite a bit, with just a few drops getting out during mash-in next batch. Tried to fix the stuck sparge. No success still. I think the false bottom isn’t making any sort of good seal causing the issue. I’ve tried a lot to get it to work anyway - out a weight on the false bottom to press it down. Still stuck sparge. I’ve tried holding the false bottom down physically while adding the first water. Still stuck immediately. Each of these times I’ve been forced to siphon from the top of the mash which has resulted in very low yields 4 gallons only), low OG (about 25% lower than expected), and (probably) oxidized wort. Hopefully the beer isn’t stale.
Only other thing I could try is attach a gasket to the bottom of the false bottom and try to put weight on it. I don’t know if I have the patience for another stuck sparge so I may just go with a different mash tun altogether.
It worked but these coolers are built very cheaply. It's almost like there's no insulation in the cooler itself, it feels hollow. They do not retain heat very long. The couplers they give you to build the valves barley have any thread on them once you put the o-ring and washer on. It doesn't leave much room for teflon tape and its on by a thread or two so the coolers leak at the fittings because of this. I need to look for some longer couplers, maybe just 1/4"-1/2" longer would work so much better.