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Rook 03-23-2007 04:37 AM

woo! just ordered a 3-gal Victory Cooler.
I've resigned myself to the fact that I don't have enough space for two 10-gallon coolers (HLT / MLT) to do all grain brewing in my current place (townhome with a dinky 5x6 patio and one of them tandem garages (2 cars deep, not wide). But I still want a lot of the benefits of AG brewing and I think partial mash is my future. :)

I'm curious for those who have the Rubbermaid Victory 3-gallon cooler, do you know the thread pitch and diameter for the current spigot (if its even threaded) so that I can go to lowes or something this weekend to rig together a SS braided filter and valve, before the cooler shows up (yay ebay!)

Sorry, I'm excited, had to post :D

FlyGuy 03-23-2007 09:14 AM

It's probably a standard 3/4" hole through the cooler wall. I think the spigot size is relatively standard.

If so, you can build a bulkhead and install a ball valve the same way you would do a bigger cooler. See the link in my signature for details on one solution to build it.

casebrew 03-23-2007 05:12 PM

What kind of mixed drink is a "Victory Cooler"?

Whatever, 3 gallons ought to be plenty for for one couple, get two straws. ;>)

skifast1 03-24-2007 11:16 PM

It's the same spigot as the 2-gal Victory (& 10 gal for that matter). See parts list & instructions for a simple homemade bulkhead here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/making-2-gallon-mini-mlt-19413/

Rook 03-29-2007 08:26 PM

Thanks skifast, I just got back from my local lowes with all the parts. I forgot the white seal tape, but I think I might have some of that at home anyway. Only problem I had was getting washers, the only ones they had were huge OD, for the proper ID. I'm going to see if I can find some power steering seal washers at the shop I work at that might be more appropriate. :)

skifast1 03-29-2007 10:44 PM

I've got some 5/8" stainless washers for that very same reason: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=24221

Also - if you're just looking for outer-surface washers, my Home Depot had some 16mm zinc-plated washers that had an OD much closer to the ID. Definitely close enough for giving the outer valve something to seat against

lostnfoam 03-30-2007 01:28 AM

congrats on the coolers. i was happy when i got my 10 gal victories the other week.

but yeah should be a standard bulk head just have to choose copper or SS. if you go copper its fine i have copper becasue thats what came with the set up just remember to pickle the stuff.:rockin:

Rook 03-30-2007 05:24 AM

I got brass, but the stuff I bought isn't long enough to let me sandwich stuff on each side, i'm going to the store again tomorrow and see if I can get the rest.

I've got a buddy coming over to do a minimash on saturday so I have to be ready :)

skifast1 03-30-2007 11:19 AM

Same thing happened to me - you have to find the right balance between the nipple length (hey now) and the number of washers you stack on the outside. Even after I got a little longer pipe (the threads don't quite meet in the middle), it still took about 3 tries to leave enough thread for a good seal, but not so much that it bottomed out.

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