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Old 05-22-2010, 01:11 AM   #1111
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I just assembled this and so far so good. It is in the tub now doing a leak test, but seems to have no leaks. Everything is pretty tight, except I can still twist the whole assembly. If it ends up leaking then maybe I'll wrench on it a bit more, or perhaps add a 4th outside washer.

I got all of my parts from Lowe's except for the SS washer which I got at a local hardware store and the cooler which I got from Home Depot. I got a 5/8 SS flat washer, as they had no fender washers, but this seems to work fine.

The cooler at HD was in the garden section (someone was asking).

If anything goes wrong I'll be sure to ask for help here! Thanks!

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Old 05-22-2010, 02:38 AM   #1112
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Hi mcberry!

Yes, the whole assembly on my rig still twists as well...I've used mine twice so far (60+ min each time) and no problems...so it doesn't seem to be an issue.

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Old 05-24-2010, 04:39 PM   #1113
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Finished this conversion last week and did my first all grain brew with 79% efficiency on Saturday. Thanks so much to Flyguy for this great how-to.

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Old 05-28-2010, 04:26 PM   #1114
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Thanks for this post I just built this and I'm like a puppy with two peters waiting to brew this weekend.

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Old 05-28-2010, 08:19 PM   #1115
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which one is better though?

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Old 05-29-2010, 07:27 PM   #1116
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I bought the cooler from HD last night, but the parts for the valve were more expensive than a SS KettleValve & KettleScreen from the lhbs! Crazy that HD doesn't carry more hardware, curse of the modern ERP system...

The only real difference to this setup, I had to rotate the top of the valve 45deg anti-clockwise for handle clearance.

Thanks for a great original hack. No leaks so far, cold & hot tests.

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Old 06-03-2010, 10:17 PM   #1117
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I built this over the weekend, and cannot get it to stop leaking. I admit that I tightened the fighuck out of it the first time. Any chance that could have ruined the factor seal?

If it still leaks after backing it off, I've decided to go out and get some 100% silicone to put around the SS washer on the inside.

Also wanted to let the folks around my area that the Menards in Crest Hill has some 5/8 ID SS washers. I may have a few extra once all is said and done too.

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Old 06-04-2010, 12:14 AM   #1118
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You might try a garden hose gasket on the inside, worked for me.

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Old 06-04-2010, 02:49 PM   #1119
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You might try a garden hose gasket on the inside, worked for me.
But are those rated for temps at or around 170?
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I built this over the weekend, and cannot get it to stop leaking. I admit that I tightened the fighuck out of it the first time. Any chance that could have ruined the factor seal?

If it still leaks after backing it off, I've decided to go out and get some 100% silicone to put around the SS washer on the inside.

Also wanted to let the folks around my area that the Menards in Crest Hill has some 5/8 ID SS washers. I may have a few extra once all is said and done too.

I remember I had the same problem when I made mine and it was frustrating. I believe I went to my local hardware store and picked up a large o-ring which I placed on the inside right against the cooler wall. It worked great. I have had this over a year and put 15+ batches through it with no problems at all.

Also I find that the SS braid does a great job. When I start the run-off I never get any grain or "bits" at all in the liquid.
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