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Old 03-23-2005, 09:16 PM   #1
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Looking for an easy way to build a copper or PVC tube manifold for 5gal gott cooler mash tun-any pictures sure would help

Any way I can use the existing spigot?

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Old 03-23-2005, 09:30 PM   #2
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Looking for an easy way to build a copper or PVC tube manifold for 5gal gott cooler mash tun-any pictures sure would help

Any way I can use the existing spigot?
You don't want to use the existing spigot. It won't stand up to the heat. It unscrews really easily, though, and you just stick a rubber stopper in the hole and run a pipe out through the hole in the stopper.

There are some pictures of my manifold somewhere. I'll post em again here. Basically, just make yourself a loop of any heat resistant food grade tubing and poke a bunch of little holes in the bottom of it. Plumb that into your outlet of your cooler and you're all set. I used a Gott cooler for my first mash tun until it delaminated the lining from all the heat



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A Google search found this link, too:
http://thegatesofdawn.ca/mashtun.shtml

He keeps the spigot. I see no advantage to doing that and wouldn't recommend it.

You can find a lot about Gott coolers as mash tuns if you poke around. It's one of the more common setups.

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This one looks pretty darn slick:

http://www.primetab.com/gottmashlautertun.html

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Looking for an easy way to build a copper or PVC tube manifold for 5gal gott cooler mash tun-any pictures sure would help

Any way I can use the existing spigot?
I'm going to try my first all-grain tomorrow. I stopped by my local HBS and told him what I was thinking of building (Gott cooler, stainless steel supply hose, spigot). He told me that was way too much work and sold me this http://store.brewhut.com/index.asp?P...ROD&ProdID=139 for $18 and a 5 gallon cooler for $25. Then he assembled the whole thing for me! The false bottom fits the cooler perfectly. Here's the best part - after he made my mash tun for me and assembled my ingredients for an all-grain steam beer, he "bought" me a pint of his homebrew that he's always got on tap at his shop. All being said, out the door including my next batch - $85. Is everyone's HBS owner this good or am I just lucky? www.renohomebrewer.com
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Old 03-27-2005, 06:21 AM   #6
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So basically the manifold is gonna be you strainer right? If thats the case how could I make my self a sparging manifold. That seems to be my only problem is sparging my mash tun. I have seen some pics of a T type. Does anybody have one and give me a little info. Thanks again.
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No problem.

Those Phil's Sparge arms that spin like a little sprinkler are probably the T things you have seen. I really like them. They work great. For $15, it's an easy solution.

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how do you hook them up, and control the sparge water?

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You just hook a water line to them...I think it's a barbed fitting, and let the sparge water gravity feed into the sparge sprinkler. The flowing water causes it to spin, and voila. It's a really simple contraption that does a great job.

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now im pretty low on funds, do you think i can build one. my only problem would be the swinging motion of the arm. is this something that i could fabricate.

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