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springer 03-04-2008 03:29 PM

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Just about ready to brew this weekend

2 10 gallon coolers for 32 bucks at Home depot


springer 03-04-2008 03:29 PM

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Just about ready to brew this weekend

2 10 gallon coolers for 32 bucks at Home depot


springer 03-04-2008 03:29 PM

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Just about ready to brew this weekend

2 10 gallon coolers for 32 bucks at Home depot


springer 03-04-2008 03:34 PM

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Pick up on HLT leaves about a cup when the siphon breaks


AnOldUR 07-15-2008 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by cactusgarrett View Post
I was able to get this 12gal cooler for damn cheap and plan on making my MLT out of this . Problem is, there's no thru-wall outlet. I'm planning on making a copper manifold to attach to a thru-wall nipple, so:
1) What is the best way to go thru the cooler walls, and which size hole given that i'm planning on 1/2" fittings (nipple, valve, etc.)
2) Does anyone have a quick & dirty parts list based on the 1/2" fabrication plan?
I use a similar 48qt Rubbermaid. Difference is mine had a spigot, not that it makes a difference. You have to drill it out anyway. The 1/2" pipe fittings need a 7/8" clearance hole. What worked well for me was putting a larger hole in the outer wall of the cooler and only sealing on the inner wall. Here’s my set-up using a plastic ball valve.

AnOldUR 07-15-2008 11:39 PM

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Great. What did you seal the inside of the cooler (mash-side) with, that won't break down or negatively affect the wort?
I used a .91 ID x 1 1/2 OD neoprene bonded to stainless washer on both sides of the 1/2" pipe thread.

Edit: I've been playing with the round false bottom from a round Igloo cooler, but will be going back to my braided strand.

Philip1993 07-21-2008 05:15 PM

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I'll try and get some later today. In the meantime, here's a really bad drawing.

One thing, I just pulled it out and I remembered that I did go back and put a 5/8" fender washer (non-SS from Lowes) on the outside (only). Not because it was leaking, but because you could twist the valve handle and rotate the spigot/ball valve inside the grommet. I was afraid over time this might allow the valve to wear out or tear the outer lip of the grommet. Since the grommet is not easily replaced, I added the washer to take the damage.


AnOldUR 01-07-2009 04:56 PM

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My wife picked up an old galvanized 10 gallon Igloo cooler. The outside is beat up, but it has a stainless steel liner that is in great shape. Now I'm batch sparging using a 48 quart rectangular Rubbermaid with a braided strand. Switching to this has that getto appeal to it. I’ve used it for cold drinks and ice lasts forever, so I’m guessing that it will hold temperature really well.

Any opinions, positive or negative, about converting this to an MLT?

arturo7 05-15-2009 05:07 AM

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This is the false bottom under consideration.


Blackhawkbrew 06-09-2009 10:17 PM

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Here's a picture of my SS braid. I was wondering if it's not long enough?



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