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Old 02-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #21
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Its cool. I put something together that looks pretty identical! All I have left to do is cut the slots. Thanks for the design idea!

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:05 PM   #22
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I used the same cooler only I did an H pattern with my cuts about .25 apart and have used it 4 times with great success.

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #23
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Oh yea the nice thing about this cooler is the only left overs is in that groove by the valve. Less than 1cup of waste.

Here is a pic of my simple one

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:48 PM   #24
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Oh yea the nice thing about this cooler is the only left overs is in that groove by the valve. Less than 1cup of waste.

Here is a pic of my simple one
I'm a fan of the cooler. The tubes look a bit close to the walls though -- don't know if you might get a bit of channeling down the sides.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:05 PM   #25
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It works and took me all of 10 min and $5 to build so I will leave it as is.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:34 AM   #26
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Yeah, my build was around $7

That imo is the biggest advantage of cpvc

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Old 02-25-2013, 02:49 AM   #27
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I have a 120 quart mash tun cooler that I also use a cpvc manifold in. I love it as I also have a 5 gallon mash tun with a false bottom and a 10 gallon with a bazooka tube and the cpvc manifold is the only one that I've never had a stuck sparge in. The only thing that I will caution is that after a couple months of use the joints started getting looser and looser until one time I was stirring the mash and the manifold came apart. So watch out for that. It's so cheap I just replace the fittings every three months or so and no problems since.

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Old 03-24-2013, 04:44 PM   #28
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Hey guys

Finally got to try out the cooler!
Brewed a couple batches in the past few days and everything went very smoothly.

This thing is a real pain to heat up on brew day, so I've leared to prep my brew water the night before, boil it all (for me about 7.5 gallons) and pour it in the cooler to heat over night. Worked perfectly.

On both 5 gallon brews I mashed with around 3.5 or 4 gallons of water and lost about 2 degrees over the span of an hour.

My efficiency averaged about 70% on the first brew and 73% on the second.

For my maiden voyage, I'm very pleased

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:11 PM   #29
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Increase your crush and you will get better efficiency.

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:22 PM   #30
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I used a stainless braid on my huge cooler and it works fine. It's only about 8 inches long. I think it's a 72 quart cooler. Found it in the garage. I did coil some thick copper wire around a screwdriver and then shoved the wire inside the braid to keep it from getting crushed by grain. Worked well for 4 or 5 batches now. How long does it take you to drain? I usually have about 20-30 minutes of draining time total. I collect the first runnings in 5-10 min, start that heating to a boil, then gradually add the 2nd runnings into the boil kettle, pitcher by pitcher.

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