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Old 02-04-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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I am having a very hard time holding the seal around the fitting of the Mash/Turn. I put some potrolium jelly around the seal and it seems to be holding. Is there something better to use? The fitting comes off and on... perhaps I need to seal it more permenantly... epoxy?

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Old 02-04-2006, 02:50 PM   #2
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If you are using a picnic box cooler and trying to use a brass tank connector or similar have a look through this thread.Ignore the first few links and look at the diagrams and pics further down the page.

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Old 02-04-2006, 02:51 PM   #3
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I've had the same problem in the past. I used a drilled rubber stopper with rigid plastic tubing inserted in the stopper. It was always getting pulled out and that is not good when you have a mash going!
I found this hardware (see link) and it has made the difference for me. It bolts to a Gott type cooler and has O ring seals that prevent leaking. I also purchased a 1/2inch valve and some hose barbs at the hardware store. It works so much better and it helps me relax and not worry. By the way, the product listed in the link does not come with the valve but you can purchase it with one too.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/KEWLE..._P1440C181.cfm

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I use a silicone sealer for bath/kitchen use. It needs to be replaced every couple of years or so, but It's easy to break the seal if required for cleaning/repair purposes.

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Old 02-04-2006, 03:26 PM   #5
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I had a heck of a time as well but I used the following "stuff" from Ace. One edit though, I had to still use the original rubber washer from the cooler on the inside.

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desertBrew...is that all 1/2" stuff?

By the way...your new avatar is freaking me out.

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This was living hell to try to do. I had 4 home depot guys trying to help me at various times in the afternoon..... the problem was in increasing or decreasing sizing.... this one they dont have... this one is not made... this one just comes in flanged ends....finally I got the first connector on the outside of the cooler to be 3/4 (a tad larger actually) which allowd me to use a garden hose connector that went from 3/4 to 3/8 barb all in one shot. The barb ends goes inside the cooler to attach to Phil's bottom and the 3/4 end points outside to go through the ball valve and barb to end up in the boiling pot. I could not find a steel washer but I'm going to look for one as I think it would make the assembly more stable (seems to move a bit). Then there is the leaking issue.... has not leaked in a few hours with the seals having a little potrolium jelly on them and seems to be holding. I've got a rubber washer on the outside (came with the cooler) and there is a rubber gasket within the water hose fitting attached to the inside of the cooler.

Wish the damm careram worked now so I could post it....

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Looks like it... handle on the ball valve is red. 1/2 is red, 3/8 is blue. I started comming out of hell as soon as I swiched the ball valve to 1/2.

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I'd kinda like to brew today...... will potrolium jelly eventually fail or do you think I'm cool for uisng it for today.... still holding.... wondering what will happen with the additon of very hot water....

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I'd kinda like to brew today...... will potrolium jelly eventually fail or do you think I'm cool for uisng it for today.... still holding.... wondering what will happen with the additon of very hot water....
And the answer is ... no... poured hot water in it and it started to leak. Off to the hardware store
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