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Old 07-08-2011, 07:49 PM   #1621
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here are a couple shots of the parts loosely put together. note the white plastic and black rubber washer from the original spigot setup. the only thing missing in these pics is the O ring that will go between the fender washer and the outer wall of the cooler. thinking I will screw everything together, teflon tape, etc. and dump in some hot water to see if I get any leaks. If I get a leak I may need to search for a large (3/4") stainless or brass fender washer for the inside.


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Old 07-09-2011, 02:18 PM   #1622
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here's the shot with the rubber washer (original from the cooler) on the correct side. Using the cooler's existing plastic "washer" (seeing that I don't have a fender washer that fits yet) between rubber washer and the brass fitting. Going to tighten this thing up later this weekend and test for leaks. If it leaks I'll need to find a SS or brass fender washer big enough to fit over the 1/2 nipple.

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Old 07-14-2011, 04:41 AM   #1623
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Thanks FlyGuy!

I have read this entire thread on and off for the past 3 days but I knew from the start I wanted to do this and get into all grain.

I picked up all the fittings for around $27 bucks and am using some Amazon credit I had left to get the Rubbermaid 10 gallon cooler shipped to me overnight for around $4 total.

So tomorrow for a little more than $30 from my pocket I should have one of these bad boys ready to go.

I am using all the parts recommended in the original post with the exception of an additional barb with a plug at the end for the stainless braid. I didn't have any problems finding all the parts...all fittings from Lowe's (awesome having the part numbers!), the stainless fender washer from a local bolt shop for 50 cents, the lhbs had all stainless worm clamps for 1.50 ea and I picked up a couple o-rings for free at the local o-ring store!

Woo-Hoo! If all goes well I will be brewing my first all-grainer on Friday! Thanks again!

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Old 07-14-2011, 01:06 PM   #1624
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What would be the best way to clean this converted mash tun? I used hot soapy water thus far and it seemed like it was working fine.. I haven't done an all ag in about a month and we're gearing up to brew tomorrow night, I opened my cooler and WHOOMF! Big sour smell to the face!

It looks clean, I scrubbed it out the last time we used it, I sanitized afterwards... Is there an additional step I'm missing here? Any recommendations on what I could soak in this overnight to help remove that sour smell?

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Old 07-14-2011, 01:22 PM   #1625
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Ok, I've gone thru all 100+ pages on my phone and need a verdict. Besides zip ties, what are some other specific methods that have been used successfully to secure the SS mesh to the "tube" or pipe. I've seen reference to marine grade SS clamps. Would a place like West Marine have these? Any idea about automotive type clamps?

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Old 07-14-2011, 01:56 PM   #1626
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What would be the best way to clean this converted mash tun? I used hot soapy water thus far and it seemed like it was working fine.. I haven't done an all ag in about a month and we're gearing up to brew tomorrow night, I opened my cooler and WHOOMF! Big sour smell to the face!

It looks clean, I scrubbed it out the last time we used it, I sanitized afterwards... Is there an additional step I'm missing here? Any recommendations on what I could soak in this overnight to help remove that sour smell?
I would try baking soda. Also, I just use dish detergent to clean my cooler after a brew session. I've noticed musty smells sometimes from my tun, but I keep it in the garage where it can easily reach over 120F. If it stinks before a brew session, I just wash it again and put a baking soda solution in there the night before and thoroughly rinse it out prior to mashing. Always has worked for me.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:02 PM   #1627
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Ok, I've gone thru all 100+ pages on my phone and need a verdict. Besides zip ties, what are some other specific methods that have been used successfully to secure the SS mesh to the "tube" or pipe. I've seen reference to marine grade SS clamps. Would a place like West Marine have these? Any idea about automotive type clamps?
Worm clamps work very well. Here's whatvthey are called at WM: BREEZE BOOSTER
300-Series Stainless Steel Hose Clamps
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BINGO!! Got'em! This is finally working out. Pics coming soon!

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Old 07-14-2011, 11:32 PM   #1629
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What would be the best way to clean this converted mash tun? I used hot soapy water thus far and it seemed like it was working fine.. I haven't done an all ag in about a month and we're gearing up to brew tomorrow night, I opened my cooler and WHOOMF! Big sour smell to the face!

It looks clean, I scrubbed it out the last time we used it, I sanitized afterwards... Is there an additional step I'm missing here? Any recommendations on what I could soak in this overnight to help remove that sour smell?
I used bleach/water, took the smell out right away. The trick to never letting this happen again: let the mash tun air dry overnight, open, upside-down. You have to store it bone dry or else the nasties will return.
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Just put mine together...no leaks yet! It took about 30 minutes...I did have a hard time taking the tubing out of the ss braid. I pushed and pushed with some needle nose pliers to no avail. Ended up soaking it in a bowl of boiling water for about 3 minutes...I was able to pull it off quite easily (while pushing against the pliers to keep the braid compressed.) If I didn't have the trouble with the braid this thing would have been together in 5-10 minutes tops. Thanks again and I can't wait to do my first all grain batch tomorrow!

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