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Old 06-04-2010, 06:33 PM   #1121
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Got the cooler last night at Home Depot ($40 and plenty in my store, I think $20 for 5 gal)

Going to get the hardware soon but I had a question about the brass fittings.
I've seen some posts on here about doing the vinegar & HP soaking to leach the surface lead out. My question is do these things really have lead in them at all? Isn't lead pretty much banned for anything that would come in contact with food & water? Or am I wrong on this?

I realize many/most/all of these parts are probably imported and quality control may not be 100% in regards to following regulations like this. But I was curious if there was an official policy.

I can still do the soak, it's not much of a problem and definitely cheaper than trying to find all the parts in SS.

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Old 06-05-2010, 03:45 AM   #1122
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Instead of getting the tube of 100% silicon, I got a 1/2 inch ID o-ring, which solved my leaking problem.

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Old 06-21-2010, 02:54 PM   #1123
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Question about the ball valve, how important is the adjustable valve to
the draining process. The reason I am asking is I had a high flow
upgraded Mr Beer valve laying around that fits perfectly into the igloo
round cooler with about 1/2" of threads left inside the cooler that I could
attach the braid. It seals great with the tapered rubber gaskets that come
with the valve. It's one of those lever valves that is opened or closed unless
you are controling by hand or wedge it or something. I would be in extra
cheap if this would work and all I would have to buy is a braid and a plug.
It took about 5 minutes to empty the 5 gallons of water with no braid.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:59 PM   #1124
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Question about the ball valve, how important is the adjustable valve to
the draining process. The reason I am asking is I had a high flow
upgraded Mr Beer valve laying around that fits perfectly into the igloo
round cooler with about 1/2" of threads left inside the cooler that I could
attach the braid. It seals great with the tapered rubber gaskets that come
with the valve. It's one of those lever valves that is opened or closed unless
you are controling by hand or wedge it or something. I would be in extra
cheap if this would work and all I would have to buy is a braid and a plug.
It took about 5 minutes to empty the 5 gallons of water with no braid.
Thanks HJ
Speed isn't necessarily your friend when mashing or sparging out. It is good to be able to control the rate of flow coming out of your MLT to insure proper rinsing of the grains for better efficiency. And draining your MLT too quickly can lead to your grain bed not settling properly which could lead to stuck sparges.

I think the valve you are talking about not having to buy is about 7 bucks.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:16 PM   #1125
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Ok, so what kind of time should I be looking at to drain the mash for a
5 gallon batch. Sorry for the dumb questions but I'm just trying to prepare
for all grain. The locking spigot is 3.95 plus shipping but I had an extra one.
I just thought I might could utilize it and save from all the washer hunting.
The inside diameter of the outlet is about 3/8" and It seems like I could easily
wedge it half open if need be.
http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/product_id/858/nm/Locking_Spigot_Assembly1

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Old 06-22-2010, 02:57 AM   #1126
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It takes about 45 to 60 minutes to sparge for a 5 gal batch

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Old 06-24-2010, 01:37 AM   #1127
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It takes about 45 to 60 minutes to sparge for a 5 gal batch
are you referring to fly sparging?
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:47 PM   #1128
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yes, thats fly sparging.

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Old 06-26-2010, 01:29 PM   #1129
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If it doesn't leak that I would say the internal washer isn't needed.

The poly one will NOT work. It needs to be SS and will say so on the package.

Skip the tubing. Use SS clamps or vinyl zip ties.
I'm not doubting you but what happens when you use the polymer tubing?

If its just a crush factor could I just cut the inside tubing some and put that in back in the braid for strength?
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #1130
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I used this for my HLT. Lowes had the 1/2 or 3/4 inch stainless washer, so I just went with the 25 cent zinc coated washers. I used 2 washers on the outside, but the handle hits the cooler, so I do think I need the 3rd washer. I had a few white washers hanging around that fit on the outside, so I didn't need the O rings - I bought the wrong size anyway. Apparently these were sold by outside measurement(?) I didn't have any leaks, but heard a cracking sound when I put the hot sparge water in the cooler.

This was my 1st time using a 3 level sparge. It sure beats sparging with a sauce pan.

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