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Old 10-27-2011, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default lookie what I made today...

not beer, but beer tools!

about to make myself a mash tub, needed to fabricate a "drain" had some copper pipe laying around so I used that, and I had an unused brass hose barb that magically fit the copper pipe tight enough to grab a few threads and get a snug fit.

I used my vise to crimp the open end shut, and drilled about 2 hundred little holes in it. I started in the middle and drilled a LOT of holes...then got tired of drilling and thought maybe I was over-doing it. if it takes too long to drain, then I can always go back and drill more holes into it.

now I just need to go get some nylon or rubber hose from the kitchen department at the hardware store along with some silicone caulk, drill a hole in the side of the cooler, and I'll be ready for my next all grain batch!

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Old 10-28-2011, 04:56 AM   #2
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Cool. If that doesn't work out you can always do the mesh hose manifold. Works great and only runs about $5.00.

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Old 10-28-2011, 04:59 AM   #3
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Can't see why that wouldn't work. But then I've famously said that before.

Good luck, post back with results.

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:22 AM   #4
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I know it's hard to believe after drilling hundreds of holes... but you def need more. Go at it with fresh hands and a fresh bit tomorrow and make that puppy look like swiss cheese. BTW, the holes can be a bit bigger than that too. Otherwise, looks good.

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Old 10-28-2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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thanks, I'll go drill some more holes!

although, if this doesn't work or is painfully slow, even with more holes...what's the mesh hose manifold thingy? is there a link? or is it something available at a hardware store that I just haven't noticed? my LHBS had a mesh hose, but they were asking $18 for it, after I pay taxes I'm almost at $20. $5 is pocket change, but $20 is my "weekly allowance"

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Old 10-28-2011, 01:15 PM   #6
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It is a water line hose covered in SS mesh. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/

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Old 10-28-2011, 01:23 PM   #7
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Holes in a pipe work fine. I only put holes in the bottom of mine.

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It is a water line hose covered in SS mesh. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/
ok cool. so any toilet supply line will work! I had seen pictures of that before, but not the write up. wasn't sure where the stainless braid came from, since all the ones i've seen had special ends crimped on the ends, and typically some type of Teflon hose liner in it. didn't realize he just cut the ends off and yanked the rubber out! I thought the braid would tear apart before the hose slipped out.

if this copper doesn't work...then I'll try the hose, but as of now, this was free, and free is always better than going out and buying new parts, even if they are cheap. I have to look around, I might have some thin PVC or nylon water supply hose laying around somewhere that's big enough to fit on the hose barb I stuck in the end. MORE FREE!!
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:31 PM   #9
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My mileage has varied with the SS Mesh, I plan to replace it next chance I get. The first time I used it it worked fine, the second time the braid stopped up because the grain crushed it too much, the third time it was a very slow draining but not stopped up totally, the third time it was a small grain bill and it worked fine, and the last time it stopped totally up again.

Its a good cheap solution but I think you get what you pay for. Seems to work just fine for other people though. Also I'm using a 5gal igloo cooler so maybe ice chests work better because the grain weight is distributed over a greater surface area.

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Stick with just holes facing down to help create suction to drain the entire mashtun. If you have holes on top, when the liquid level drops below them, you introduce air and break siphon. A half inch might not seems like a lot of empty space, but it's a fair amount of wort to leave behind in a cooler that large. Just fill your cooler up to 1/2" and then measure that amount.

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