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Old 03-04-2007, 07:03 PM   #31
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Yo, flyguy, Thanks for the great idea on this mash tun. I assembled and built one myself. Haven't used it yet. Too much snow out back and the wife doesn't care for brewing indoors.

Of all the DIY mash tuns i've seen on the net yours has to be among the best. The parts list is complete and consistent. The Watts part #'s are great. The toughest part was locating a 10 gal. cooler, and locating stainless washers. I suppoose using a rectangular cooler would be cheaper and easier to find. I wonder if this setup would work as well on a 5 gal. cooler (much easier to find, imo)?

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Old 03-04-2007, 07:04 PM   #32
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Also,

What's your opinion on placing a 4-way brass junction halfway up stainless mesh screen and splitting another mesh screen perpindicular to original so as to increase mash efficiency? Probably wouldn't be worh the effort

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Old 03-04-2007, 08:12 PM   #33
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Here is my new 10 gallon setup, with my 3 tier system. I cannot wait to fire this thing up!!! It is obviously the 3 tier system with the orange coolers on it... Through the wall therms are coming, waiting for parts to arrive.

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Old 03-04-2007, 08:23 PM   #34
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If you want more coverage on the bottom, use a tee where the plug is and bring two braid arms back toward the outlet. You could use some bare #14 copper wire to hold the arms halfway between side and center braid or pull the arms together in the center for an X pattern for better coverage.

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Old 03-05-2007, 02:46 AM   #35
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I wonder if this setup would work as well on a 5 gal. cooler (much easier to find, imo)?
FWIW, it definitely works on a 2-gal Rubbermaid round cooler. I did this with the exact same hardware a few weeks ago. Stands to reason the 5-gal would be the same dimensions as well.
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What's your opinion on placing a 4-way brass junction halfway up stainless mesh screen and splitting another mesh screen perpindicular to original so as to increase mash efficiency? Probably wouldn't be worh the effort

TIA!
I am sure this would work, but if you are going to go to the effort and expense, you might be better off building a CPVC manifold instead. It would work very well for both batch sparging and even fly sparging.

Another option is to use a 3-way connector (i.e. a T-connector) and use a longer braid that forms a loop in the cooler. I am sure that would be just as good as anything, and be really easy to build, too. Cheers!
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Here is my new 10 gallon setup, with my 3 tier system. I cannot wait to fire this thing up!!! It is obviously the 3 tier system with the orange coolers on it... Through the wall therms are coming, waiting for parts to arrive.

http://s168.photobucket.com/albums/u189/PolTavern/

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Very nice! Let us know how it works out for you. I will be especially interested since I will be using a similar setup -- I just won't have time to try it out myself for a while.
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FYI - I got tired of scouring the local hardware stores for 5/8" stainless washers for my in-progress MLT's so I just got a bulk order online. If anyone wants some, i'll mail 'em to you for a buck apiece, postage included. Drop me a PM if you're interested.

Edit - all sold out, sorry!

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Wow thanks for the detailed tutorial.

Nice Job!

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Yee-hah, count me as another member of the 10-gal Rubbermaid MLT club

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