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Old 04-28-2009, 01:33 PM   #741
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Thanks alot.

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Old 04-28-2009, 01:45 PM   #742
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ok a question that may be obvious to you but I havent heard or read of it. I realized that some people use 2 coolers, one is basically to hold water because once you drain some runnings into your kettle you have no more kettle to transport water to the mash tun for a second running, is this correct? Cant I just use a 5 gallon cooler to fill my 10 gallon mash tun? Or even a kitchen kettle? Is 5 gallons TOO little to hold second runnings water?

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:12 PM   #743
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ok a question that may be obvious to you but I havent heard or read of it. I realized that some people use 2 coolers, one is basically to hold water because once you drain some runnings into your kettle you have no more kettle to transport water to the mash tun for a second running, is this correct? Cant I just use a 5 gallon cooler to fill my 10 gallon mash tun? Or even a kitchen kettle? Is 5 gallons TOO little to hold second runnings water?
before I got a second kettle/burner, I used to do it this way.

I'd heat my mash water....mash in.
then 30mins into the mash I heated up a full 5 gallons to around 200F.
dump all that into the 5Gal cooler and let it soak up some heat.
I double batch sparge, so I need hotter sparge water than single batch sparge due to the decreased water volume.


Sparging with water like this means I gotta aim high for temp and adjust in the 5Gal cooler. If you go too low, you're out of luck...I would keep about 1 Gal hot on the stove in the house, just in case.

a little fitness, and it worked fine every time.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:34 AM   #744
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Ok, I think I must be doing something wrong, because for the life of me, after about a turn or two putting the brass parts together (3/8 ball valve to barbs), I cannot get them to tighten. Anyone want to shed some light on this for me?

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Old 05-04-2009, 05:27 PM   #745
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They dont tighten all the way down you will still see some threads... get two cresent wrenches, or 2 wrenches that fit and hold one inside while cranking the other outside... tighten all at the same time... until you cant go anymore or see the inside seal pressed very tight to the cooler.

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Old 05-05-2009, 01:59 AM   #746
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Just finished building my MT from these instructions. I bought all the parts at HD except the 3/8" ball valve and the SS hose, both at Lowe's.

I didn't find a food grade, high temp 7/16 tubing so the SS hose is zip tied to both brass fittings. The SS hose just feels like it could collapse and cause a stuck sparge, I'm hoping it won't, not like the plastic hose wouldn't keep it open anyhow.

The outside, I had to use 3 washers and a lock washer (it was in the 5/8" make a bolt kit so I could get SS washers). The ball valve has a little wiggle, I could probably still twist it but it's not leaking so I will leave it alone. I tried to get the threads from the nipple seated all the way into the valve, it just wouldn't tighten any further necessitating the need for the included lock washer (tough to get on).

Can't wait till I have free time to mash and AG, my first, but much thanks for the parts list and instruction on how to build this!


EDIT: All night and not a single drop leaked. Yes, the ball valve will easily spin on the axis of the direction of water flow, I did not tighten to the point it will not and works great.

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Old 05-05-2009, 02:26 AM   #747
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yeah they will rotate if valve lever is pushed DOWN a bit hard but it need only be pulled out to open and in to close, not up or down. and yeah they dont tighten any further when they reach a certain point even when you still see half of the thread.

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Does anyone know how to install a thermometer in one of these? Not like a hole with a rubber stopper for a cheapy thermometer, but like one that permanently installed

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Old 05-05-2009, 02:17 PM   #749
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Does anyone know how to install a thermometer in one of these? Not like a hole with a rubber stopper for a cheapy thermometer, but like one that permanently installed
I used a "Thermothingy" kit. I've installed two of these things...they can be tricky to get to seal, but work OK.

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I need to change up my game! Need to go AG, this extract stuff is pissing me off, not to mention the goop that accumulates on my high $ range hood and slate backsplash. I gots the turkey fryer stuff etc. I also have access to a crap load of those gatorade drink coolers for well, free. Could I use this same system to convert one of those?

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