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phissionkorps 11-09-2008 07:13 PM

Made myself a "proper" mash tun this weekend
 
I based it on flyangler's design, except apparently SS 4/8" fender washers don't exist in Fort Worth, so I had to use 5/8" rubber washers instead. The bulkhead wiggles a bit, and leaks 2 or 3 drops an hour, but until I find SS washers, I'll deal with that.
Last weekend I did a BIAB, and got 69% efficiency. Temps were all over, and I spilled some though.
Last night I did my first "proper" all grain. Whew! I didn't know it would take that long. I used the double decoction in Kaiser's video, got temps a bit better, and somehow managed an 86% efficiency. I still need to figure out my evaporation rate as this time I ended up with approx 5.33 gallons after a 90 minute boil. However, I am still brewing on an apartment stove, so I guess there's nothing I can do about that besides moving outside, which is sort of out of the question since I live in an apartment.

Btw....anyone have any clue where I can get 5/8" SS fender washers? Parts numbers, etc would be appreciated.

flyangler18 11-09-2008 07:24 PM

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I based it on flyangler's design
Credit where credit is due. FlyGuy is responsible for the design, not me! :D

Actually, I've used the same rubber washers in my MLT. I believe Fastenal is the source that you need for the 5/8" fender washers.

snazzy 11-09-2008 07:28 PM

isn't a 4/8" a 1/2" washer maybe that is why you could not find it

Revvy 11-09-2008 07:29 PM

Actually I gave him the info for the 5/8 SS and he updated the parts list with the info/link to mail order or shop if there's a fastenal in your area...

5/8" x 1 3/4" 18-8 Stainless Steel Flat Washer | Fastenal

phissionkorps 11-09-2008 07:33 PM

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Credit where credit is due. FlyGuy is responsible for the design, not me!
LOL whoops! Didn't remember there were multiple "Fly_____'s" :P

Thanks for the link Revvy. I knew fastenal had them, but I was really looking for someone to hook me up with a link or parts number like that. Otherwise, with my luck, I absolutely would've ordered one that somehow wouldn't work. Happens every time haha.

bsay 11-09-2008 09:12 PM

I substituted some old hard drive parts for the washers on mine. Leaks just a bit (< 1tsp/hour) but I'll eventually find some proper washers I hope. You never know where you will find something that will work.

Saccharomyces 11-10-2008 02:18 PM

AutoZone sells 5/8" washers. They are about $1.50 each. You have to ask for them, they are in the back behind the counter...

Revvy 11-10-2008 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Saccharomyces (Post 945301)
AutoZone sells 5/8" washers. They are about $1.50 each. You have to ask for them, they are in the back behind the counter...


I wish you would have told the kid who worked at MY autozone that...It would have saved me a lot of driving around...he just pointed me to a spinning rack that has nothing that large on it....


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