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Old 09-29-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default Coleman Xtreme Mash Tun, How to do?

Im about to make a mash tun with coleman xtreme cooler 36qt.
Which one is better by all means? Price,Working time, Better quallity, better durability and all other means...just what is better for me to use as a mash tun..

option 1:


option 2:
(btw, Should I use copper for this or cpvc? and holes up or down?)


and on the out side, what should I connect to the valve?

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I have used both and now use copper with cuts down. Presently I have added a layer of aluminum sheet with chisel slits hit in it so it is barely a crack in each spot to cover the copper grid. I also did the chisel aluminum sheet trick on top after making a tray so water will not channel as it moves through the bed. It works fine for me. The outside really needs a hose on it so no oxygen gets in wort when moving it when it is hot.

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I have used both and now use copper with cuts down. Presently I have added a layer of aluminum sheet with chisel slits hit in it so it is barely a crack in each spot to cover the copper grid. I also did the chisel aluminum sheet trick on top after making a tray so water will not channel as it moves through the bed. It works fine for me. The outside really needs a hose on it so no oxygen gets in wort when moving it when it is hot.
Thank you for your comment, but I didn't really understand what are you saying here? which two you have? the filter and the copper or the copper and the cpvc? which one is better and recommended for me? and for what all the aluminum is added? where? how? why?
can you be more detailed?

Im sorry I didn't understand...
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Use CPVC. Cheap and cheerful. Easy to clean. Just fit the couplers on, no glue needed.

Here's mine using 1/2" CPVC in a 52 qt Coleman Extreme cooler. It just happens that the 1/2" CPVC tube fits precisely inside the bulkhead fitting, making for an easy connection there. I used a 7 1/4" thin-kerf paneling saw blade in an upside down mounted circular saw to cut the slots to the right depth. No burrs at all. Watch your fingers and your moves, no kidding!

The manifold is shown upside-down to show the slots. Of course it's flipped over during the mash.


Whole manifold assembly in my 52 qt Coleman Xtreme Cooler mash tun.


Closeup of the fitting to the bulkhead.

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Use CPVC. Cheap and cheerful. Easy to clean. Just fit the couplers on, no glue needed.

I used 1/2" CPVC in a 52 qt Coleman Extreme cooler. The CPVC tube fits precisely inside the bulkhead, making for an easy connection there.

Ok but why didn't you do the holes down instead of up? which one is better?
and how did you do the slits? with a saw?

and cpvc is durable? doesnt leave any plastic taste? easy to clean and isn't get painted by the wort?

And one last question, why did you choose this form for it? with the double connectors at the begining of it and the connectors thing at the end?
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I used to use a cpvc manifold. I switched to a bazooka screen.

The cpvc manifold worked fine and required very little vorlof but I felt like I was leaving a bunch of wort behind.

The bazooka screen sets up quick and easy. I have to vorlof for a long time, but I think I'm getting every last drop of wort.

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There is a big thread on the xtreme cool here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-c...sh-tun-313896/

You put the notches down so grain does not get sucked in. When the grain bed settles it sits on top of the manifold and liquid drains from the bottom. That is why you vorlauf. I also recommend the CPVC (make sure it is "C" pvc as this is for potable water). Easy to cut and clean, no need for glue, and cheap

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I used to use a cpvc manifold. I switched to a bazooka screen.

The cpvc manifold worked fine and required very little vorlof but I felt like I was leaving a bunch of wort behind.

The bazooka screen sets up quick and easy. I have to vorlof for a long time, but I think I'm getting every last drop of wort.

I leave less than a quart of wart in my xtreme cooler. that is not very much
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I'm not saying all manifolds leave a lot behind. I'm saying I thought mine left a lot behind. I think part of mine would blind-off when draining.

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I use a bazooka as well. It's remarkably easy

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