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Old 12-26-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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Just got one on sale at Target for $13.95! I couldn't resist...time to go ALL GRAIN!

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Old 12-26-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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go for it! iam looking for one my self because i have a 5G round one and its little to small for a big grain bill plus i wana go to 10g baches.

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Old 12-26-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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I have one. It makes a great MLT.

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Old 12-26-2009, 10:14 PM   #4
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I have one. It makes a great MLT.
Was there insulation in the walls where you drilled? Ill be picking up parts on Monday to start drilling.

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Old 12-27-2009, 12:24 AM   #5
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Was there insulation in the walls where you drilled?
There's a spot in the bulkhead on one side where they obviously designed for a drain plug/spout, but there isn't one for some reason. That's where you should drill. I don't think there was any insulation there, but it's been long enough that I can't really remember. I certainly didn't run into any problems drilling it or installing my braid and fittings.
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:24 AM   #6
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I just picked up this same cooler last week. It has an angled drain plug on the back where the handle connects. I'm waiting on stainless steel parts from bargainfittings. http://www.greatbargain.net/order/shop1.html

If yours doesn't have a plug then there might be insulation to go thru. This one has no insulation around plug. It's just approx 1-2mm thickness at that point.

Update-- I just got home and found its the 60qt icecube cooler with the telescoping handle, not the 50qt one.

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Old 12-27-2009, 02:41 AM   #7
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From what I have read and just feeling the plastic, I don't think there is any insulation in there. I may just put some spray foam in there for good measure. Minimal expanding foam is some dense stuff, I will be able to crank down on the washers better.

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Old 12-27-2009, 03:51 PM   #8
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Weissbier, I've got the exact same cooler - just not at that price. Good find. It's done pretty well for 1 10-gallon and 2 5 gallon batches. I built a cpvc manifold which seems to work great. I'm fine-tuning my efficiency right now, but I don't think the cooler is affecting my lower numbers, more my mash thickness, and possibly the crush.

It does tend to lose some heat over the mash, so expanding foam in the lid would be good. I used a blanket over the top last time and I only lost 2 degrees over an hour. When you build your valve, make sure you include a large washer (stainless) on the inner wall. I don't have one right now, and I get really nervous cranking the handle, as the side flexes with the torque as I do so. Darthbeer is right - there is no insulation in that spot, just a thin plastic wall.

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Old 12-27-2009, 07:09 PM   #9
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Well I got up early this morning and ran to ACE and picked up everything I needed, it went together like it was meant to be there. The indented area where I drilled was two layers of 1/8" thick plastic, nothing between them. A large washer on both sides and there is no problem with flexing. Foaming up the lid and putting the manifold together will be my next project.

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Old 12-27-2009, 09:06 PM   #10
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Damn, paid $19.95 each for two of these at Target a few weeks ago, and I thought that was a deal?? +1 above, the indented area where the bulkhead is installed is just two layers of plastic w/out insulation, makes for an easy installation.

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