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Old 03-11-2010, 07:56 PM   #1021
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Just got back from the HD. 10 Gallon cooler is still 39 bucks.

Found almost everthing on the list.....(darn, forgot the high temp tubing. got to have a home brew now.......................)

ah.

OK

The Cut a Bolt kit that I saw clearly stated they were ZINC coated. I did not buy this and will hit the Fastenal store on the way home for the SS washer.

For the other 3 5/8 washers, I could only find what was called CUT washers in the 5/8 size. Although they aren't 'cut'. They are flat and a little thicker than the smaller sized Fender Washers. I saw Fender Washers but not in that size.

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You definitely want the SS washer on the inside -- so I hope you found them at Fastenal.

Regarding the washers on the outside, they are just spacers to help tighten the fittings. Just use whatever works (it sounds like the ones you found should do the trick).

And regarding the high temp hose -- please re-read the thread. I no longer recommend using that AT ALL. More trouble than it is worth.

I hope the build all goes well, and that your first batch out of the new mash tun turns out fantastic!
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:04 PM   #1022
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Well thanks for the initial post and all the follow up that you have done regarding it Fly-Guy.

I'll pick up the SS washer on my way home. Put the rest of it together, Nothing Tightened, at my desk at work and realized those outside washers are going to work just fine.

Can you point me to a page number for the alternative to the high temp hose? I saw hose clamps didn't work and only noticed the hose as an alternative.

And, when are we going to hit the Deschutes?



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Old 03-11-2010, 08:54 PM   #1023
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My pleasure -- glad you found the info helpful!

If you can get all stainless hose clamps, they still work the best. I have since switched back to them. But if you can find rigid, high temp tubing, that stuff works like a charm. I got mine at Rona (sort of like a Lowes up here in Canada).

Regarding the Deschutes.... would LOVE to fish that sometime! Nice fish, BTW!!

Maybe I can reciprocate and take you to some good spots up north!

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Old 03-11-2010, 09:16 PM   #1024
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Likewise on the fish and you're on!!! Anytime.

SS hose clamps it is. 10 batches of PM brews and it looks like #11 will be an AG. Awesome job on this thread.

Tight lines!

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:29 PM   #1025
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Someone proposed zipties instead of hose clamps. I tried and they seem to work just fine.

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Old 03-14-2010, 03:12 PM   #1026
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I tackled a mash-tun build yesterday, but like many, I cannot find any 5'8" SS washers. Going to try a boating shop tomorrow. Perhaps they have some?

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Old 03-14-2010, 07:26 PM   #1027
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So I went out and got all the parts to convert my two ten gallon coolers into HLT & MLT. I planned on using this design for the bulkheads for both.

I ran into a "problem" though. Maybe its not a problem at all. I got the exact part numbers of the parts list. The 3/8" nipple is a lot smaller than the pre-drilled hole in my cooler. Its also a lot smaller than the rubber washer that came with the cooler so there is a lot of space between the outside diameter of the nipple and inside diameter of the rubber washer. About 1/8" all the way around.

How did everyone who used this design work around this problem? Are additional parts needed so that it won't leak? o-ring on the inside somehow?

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Old 03-14-2010, 07:54 PM   #1028
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I'm working with 2 ten gallon igloo coolers if that helps. Wondering if I need to take everything back and get half inch? or if I'm just missing something with how this all works?

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Old 03-14-2010, 09:35 PM   #1029
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One hundred and three PAGES worth of posts? Dude...FlyGuy... you da man!

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Great fishing pics!

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