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Old 03-01-2007, 07:39 PM   #21
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...found them all except for the stainless 5/8 washers.
My math may be off, but I think i've seen other posters say they've found 16mm SS washers that are a close fit.


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Old 03-01-2007, 08:39 PM   #22
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Purchased an 18x36x72" industrial shelving unit from Lowes today for $60 to use as a sculpture for my new 10 gallon tuns and my brewpot... it looks awesome, sorry now pics. Each shelf is rated for 1,000 lbs, not a problem! Pics coming?!

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Old 03-01-2007, 11:27 PM   #23
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My math may be off, but I think i've seen other posters say they've found 16mm SS washers that are a close fit.
That didn't occur to me...when standard fails, go metric! It's good enough for the rest of the world. thanks!
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Old 03-02-2007, 07:03 PM   #24
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Awesome. Just the inspiration I needed to get me into mini-mash or start on some AG...

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Old 03-03-2007, 05:47 PM   #25
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Well, I hate to poo-poo this, but finding 5/8 ss washer is a tough call at stores in my area. The largest I've been able to find are 1/2 in ss washers. Home Despot, no dice, True Value hardware, nope, Ace hardware, nada. And as far as the metric goes nobody carries stainless metric washers. Asked at each one.

Would a steel washer be good enough? I can find regular steel washers in the 5/8 in. size no prob. Will they rust? Ahh, humbug, I'll just give it a try and see what happens.

Just sharing my experience.

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Old 03-03-2007, 06:08 PM   #26
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Well, I hate to poo-poo this, but finding 5/8 ss washer is a tough call at stores in my area. The largest I've been able to find are 1/2 in ss washers. Home Despot, no dice, True Value hardware, nope, Ace hardware, nada. And as far as the metric goes nobody carries stainless metric washers. Asked at each one.

Would a steel washer be good enough? I can find regular steel washers in the 5/8 in. size no prob. Will they rust? Ahh, humbug, I'll just give it a try and see what happens.

Just sharing my experience.
No stainless here either. I found zinc plated, anyone have any idea if it will work?
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found a stainless 5/8 washer at Menards in wi. So, there out there. Just not easy to find.

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Old 03-03-2007, 10:54 PM   #28
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No stainless here either. I found zinc plated, anyone have any idea if it will work?
No, you don't want to use any plated washers. It can lead to off flavours in the beer. I got frustrated looking for them too, trying a few stores, but as it turned out, the original store I bought everything else at (Home Depot) had them. I just didn't look hard enough.

If you can't find stainless steel, try nylon washers, or even brass washers. Those might be available.
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Looks a lot easier than the cooler w/copper pipe MT that I just finished building. I get about 76% efficiency with it. What efficiency can you get with this sort of MT?

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Looks a lot easier than the cooler w/copper pipe MT that I just finished building. I get about 76% efficiency with it. What efficiency can you get with this sort of MT?
Yes, the SS braid is the essence of simplicity (and it is cheap). But if you fly sparge, this setup is not for you (you probably won't get 76% efficiency). If you batch sparge, 76% efficiency is acheivable, based on the experience of others.


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