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Old 04-07-2009, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default Igloo 10 gallon for mash tun/lauder pieces

I have three, ten gallon igloo coolers. I am looking to make one into a lauder tun and another into a mash tun. I have an extra 10 gallon igloo cooler (worth $66) eSportsonline - sporting goods, outdoor recreation, and games that I will be willing to trade for the parts to make a false bottom mash tun and pvc or whatever you might use for a lauder tun. Basically, I dont know what to buy and dont want to mess around with wrong sizes or pieces making 5 trips to the depot. Some of you buy pvc etc for a few bucks and drill holes, vinyl tubing, brass ball locks, etc. Ill mail out a 10 gallon cooler for the pieces I need.

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:57 AM   #2
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Its really not that difficult and there is a complete parts lists (with part numbers) here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/.

I didn't like the steel braid idea so I got a 10' section of copper pipe, an hand full of elbo's and T's and made my own manifold (Fig 165 in Palmers book How to Brew - By John Palmer - Building the Manifold).

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Your LHBS probably sells cooler conversion kits, if you don't mind spending a little more than if you pulled the parts together yourself.

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Ixanadu, I read that a couple times before but he changes things up because screws rust inside the thing and other people use hex nut or whatever and then vinyl tubing over the SS braid i got lost I dont want to do it wrong.

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el cheapo mash tun


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That is a neat and cheap idea. i do like it but I dont mind spending a bit extra for the valve.. I want it to look presentable and be able to open and close the spigot by handle and not clamp. Very good idea, hey it works right? I am not AG yet only need to put the mash tun together. I got 3 igloo 10 gallon coolers from an auction at work for 5 bucks each lol no one else bid on em.

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I'll send you a SS Braided filter for your cooler
Complete with SS Ball Valve and and brass nipple.

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That cant be all I need... whats with them 10 parts? I mean I can get a SS valve and a SS braid from Depot. I wish there was just a simple kit. I ll have to check the bigger LHBS thats an hour away.

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I have three, ten gallon igloo coolers. I am looking to make one into a lauder tun and another into a mash tun. I have an extra 10 gallon igloo cooler (worth $66) eSportsonline - sporting goods, outdoor recreation, and games that I will be willing to trade for the parts to make a false bottom mash tun and pvc or whatever you might use for a lauder tun. Basically, I dont know what to buy and dont want to mess around with wrong sizes or pieces making 5 trips to the depot. Some of you buy pvc etc for a few bucks and drill holes, vinyl tubing, brass ball locks, etc. Ill mail out a 10 gallon cooler for the pieces I need.
Well, if you want easy:

Just order this:

The Bazooka Screen :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

And this:

KEWLER KITZ Basic + Conversion- Brass with 1/2" Barb :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

And be done with it. Use one Igloo for your Mash/Lauter Tun, and the other for a HLT.

Buy two of each, install the 2nd set on your extra Igloo, and Ebay it as a brand new MLT for 135 plus shipping. Trust me, somebody will buy it.

You can find all this stuff at a hardware store for super cheap, and make a screen from hotwater lines, but I'm getting the impression you don't want to "dick with it", so the bazooka and kewler kitz is about as easy as it can be. I went to this from a manifold system.......I like it much better than my old manifold. For ease of use and ease of cleaning.

Or, trade the 3rd Igloo for a big boil pot....that's a pretty even trade.
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Check out FlyGuys MLT conversion build thread.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/

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