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Old 01-07-2013, 01:20 AM   #21
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Got mine @ HD for $48 with tax

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #22
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I have a 10 gallon rubbermaid cooler fitted with a SS bulkhead fitting and ball valve. I have tried it fly sparging with a SS perforated false bottom, SS braid and Bazooka Screen.

The false bottom is only needed if you are fly sparging. As I have used both several times on the same recipe and gotton the same efficiency, I don't fly sparge anymore.

The bazooka screen is nice in that it is a lot stiffer than the braid so that it tends to stay in place. The tradeoff is that the holes in the screen are bigger so you tend to get more fines requiring a little more recycle.

The SS braid works great but can move around when stiring. It does give a clearer wort.

I tried a PVC manafold once with slits. Worked OK but got a lot of fines and grain husk in the first runoff and was more dificult to clean. I also had to take care not to hit it while stiring since it was not welded together. I would not recommend a manifold in a round cooler.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:36 PM   #23
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Hose braid did not work out, went flat and would not drain . Had to run a dip tube cleaning tool threw the ball valve. Braid came flat from weldless fittings. I think that was the problem. It went back to its shape. Just ordered a kettle screen to try out next time

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:42 PM   #24
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I've seen some people take wire such as from a coat hanger (not sure if that specific metal would be suitable though) and form it into a spring shape. When this is threaded into the mesh, it prevents it from collapsing.

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:33 PM   #25
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Ordered one of these to try

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:18 PM   #26
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I've used the bazooka screen that you posted the picture if. It works great. Good luck with you set up.

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:22 PM   #27
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Interestingly, I just had a different problem with the mesh it mash tun. My stirring during the mash actually lifted the screen up (without me knowing it until after unfortunately). Because of that and the risk of that happening again, I think I'm going to a false bottom. It tanked my efficiency terribly.

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:27 PM   #28
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my main complaint from my false bottom is that it leaves a half gallon at the bottom. I can't tilt it to get the wort out because that just puts the drain point in the center.

BTW.. nice jeep man! Got a JKU myself.. starting to plan for a trip to Rausch Creek, PA. Wheeling, camping and of course.. homebrew!

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:32 PM   #29
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Copper manifold for the win... Just saying. No issues, 2 cups H20 left in bottom after draining.

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:11 PM   #30
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Called my homebrew shop to see if they had a false bottom in stock for my cooler. And the guy told me they don't even sell them. They don't like them bc of the space it leaves under it . He told me to put a kettle screen in over anything. I was really surprised. Also said it will hold over 45 pounds

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