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Old 02-16-2014, 04:03 PM   #181
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Here you go!

Overview of mash tun



The mashing manifold upside down, showing the slits which were cut with a hacksaw and "polished" with sandpaper



Showing the "neck" of the mashing manifold



This is the fly sparging manifold which is mounted under the lid of the mash tun



Inside the mash tun, showing the connector from valve-manifold neck



Inside mash tun, manifold connected



Close-up of manifold neck connected to valve adapters



Outside valve



Close-up of outside, a mixture of rubber and metal washers






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Old 02-16-2014, 04:08 PM   #182
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Here you go!

Overview of mash tun

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/1?c



The mashing manifold upside down, showing the slits which were cut with a hacksaw and "polished" with sandpaper

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/0?c



Showing the "neck" of the mashing manifold

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/4?c



This is the fly sparging manifold which is mounted under the lid of the mash tun

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/5?c



Inside the mash tun, showing the connector from valve-manifold neck

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/3?c



Inside mash tun, manifold connected

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/2?c



Close-up of manifold neck connected to valve adapters

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/6?c



Outside valve

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/7?c



Close-up of outside, a mixture of rubber and metal washers

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/8?c






Hope that helps!

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Old 02-17-2014, 12:09 AM   #183
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That does help alot! Thank you for the very detailed pictures. I think I'm going to re-engineer my setup a little. Your pickup line to the drain is alot cleaner and looks like will solve my concern about knocking into it while stirring compared to what I have right now. Thank you for the pics man. I'll post mine when completed.

I also like your fly sparge arm setup. How did you mount that to the lid? I was originally going to make a 2nd manifold and just lay it onto those lips we have along the sides of the cooler, but that would keep the top propped open (not sure if that's an issue or not).

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Old 02-17-2014, 12:41 AM   #184
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Hi again,

For the fly sparge manifold, I made a rectangle and added one "center tube". The holes were drilled with a small drill bit. I glued the rectangle together, since this one (unlike the bottom manifold) doesn't have to be taken apart for cleaning.

I then drilled a hole in the lid, and glued the tube that goes through the lid to the manifold itself and the top 90-degree connector. I used a CPVC cement as the glue. It smells a bit at first but goes away quickly.

The dimensions for the sparge manifold are here: http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/9?c

The dimensions for the mash manifold are here: http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/01?c

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Old 02-17-2014, 01:24 PM   #185
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Thanks aledawg. You inspired my new design, though I didn't feel too comfortable drilling a hole into the lid just yet. Here's some pics. A test run with water was a huge success. I have to think this will improve my product from the old setup. I switched out as much of my copper/brass as possible with the SS fittings I could find. Still need to find a SS barbed adapter for the valve outlet.

I drilled 3/32" holes every 2 inches in the sparge arm. Never fly sparged before, so this should be interesting. But the shower comes out real nice. The arm just sits snug over the lips of the cooler sides. No need to secure it.

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Best part is, this is all that is left from a full system drain. I call that a win!

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Very nice! I have the same results for left-over fluid, so it's very efficient.

One thing that bothered me for the first few runs: I had a "significant" temperature drop in the mash (5-6 degrees over an hour), so I put some insulation foam inside the lid. This helped a bit, so I now have about 2 degrees drop over 1 hour, which is about as good as I'm going to get it.

Good luck, and enjoy!

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What I've done over the past couple years using this mash tun (when it had SS braid) was throw a heavy quilt over it. I too noticed that massive temp drop at first and this has helped me get by so far. Great suggestion with the foam though, I may do that in the future. Heck, when I'm ready to mess with the lid I can punch the sparge arm through there too. Thanks again for all your help man. This project was fun to do. Now to test it on some beer!

HEY! I just realized your location lol. Wow, you aren't far from here at all! I'm from Warminster.

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Test fly sparge run with 5 gallons of water in 30 minutes. Didn't think I was draining that fast. Perhaps having the grain in there will change those numbers some.

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So i have the same cooler that i'm ready to convert. One question i have is if
i batch sparge how much liquid will i be able to drain from the bottom of the manifold. I was concerned about the height of the drain plug and was considering drilling a new hole and relocating it lower on the side. I want to be able to get as much of the first runnings as i possibly can so i can achieve the best effeciency posssible.

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