Great Mash Tun
First, I wanted to get some brews under my belt with this mash tun before reviewing. I opted for the larger 10-gal in order to brew higher gravity beers and for more capacity as I ramp up. It can't be overstated about having the tun be hard piped--as you stir your mash, there is absolutely no risk of jarring the connections loose. Next, the false bottom works flawlessly with very little empty space meaning you won't lose an unnecessary amount of wort. No stuck sparges as yet (knock on wood). Over the course of 5 mashes, I've lost a total of 1 degree (with a blanket over the lid) even on colder days outside (brewed with outdoor temperature of 40 yesterday). The ball valve works well, but because the cooler is rounded, it wiggles a little--but no leaks and allows easy regulation for draining. I usually fly sparge, but obviously it would be very simple to batch sparge with this too. Efficiency has been anywhere from 75 to 85. Given the insulation, false bottom, hard plumbed, and 10 gallon capacity, this purchase was the best I've made and will not likely be upgraded for many years, if ever.
Reviewed by: Brian