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Old 03-25-2009, 02:58 AM   #1
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Default Cheap and easy mashtun build

My old mashtun was showing some signs of wear, so i figured it was time to build a new one! I didn't see any threads on rectangular MT builds, so i figured I would document my project for you guys.
First order of business was to get a cooler, i got a igloo marine 48 qt--$25 (Walmart).
Other parts used:
1/4" Brass nipple X 2.5"
1/4" Brass 90
2- 1/4"X3/8 Hose barb
Misc 1/4" copper pipe fittings


[IMG="http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos4971/2/79/95/81/72/9/972819579209_0_ALB.jpg"]


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The best part of this build is the simple bulkhead fitting, all you need is a 2.5" nipple and a couple of hose barbs.

[IMG="http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos4971/2/79/95/40/87/4/487409579209_0_ALB.jpg"]

All i did was just press the brass nipple into the bulkhead fitting, just heat up the plastic fitting and then press in the nipple. Then I took the bulkhead fitting and put it back into the cooler, using the original washers and locknut.
I had some extra copper pipe laying around, so i used it to make a sparge arm and manifold. I attached the sparge arm to the lid of the cooler to keep it out of the way.

[IMG="http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos4971/2/79/95/42/23/4/423429579209_0_ALB.jpg"]

[IMG="http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos4971/2/79/95/66/56/1/156669579209_0_SM.jpg"]

All said and done i have about $55 bucks in this, not bad!

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Old 03-25-2009, 03:40 AM   #2
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:45 AM   #3
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I am such a friggin noobie! What happened to my pics?

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Old 03-25-2009, 03:49 AM   #4
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My old mashtun was showing some signs of wear, so i figured it was time to build a new one! I didn't see any threads on rectangular MT builds, so i figured I would document my project for you guys.
First order of business was to get a cooler, i got a igloo marine 48 qt--$25 (Walmart).
Other parts used:
1/4" Brass nipple X 2.5"
1/4" Brass 90
2- 1/4"X3/8 Hose barb
Misc 1/4" copper pipe fittings







The best part of this build is the simple bulkhead fitting, all you need is a 2.5" nipple and a couple of hose barbs.



All i did was just press the brass nipple into the bulkhead fitting, just heat up the plastic fitting and then press in the nipple. Then I took the bulkhead fitting and put it back into the cooler, using the original washers and locknut.
I had some extra copper pipe laying around, so i used it to make a sparge arm and manifold. I attached the sparge arm to the lid of the cooler to keep it out of the way.





All said and done i have about $55 bucks in this, not bad!
Rehosted & can only do 4 pics at once
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:50 AM   #5
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Here is the last pic.
I couldn't see the pictures inline so I rehosted, but I'm on chrome so maybe I'm alone.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:06 AM   #6
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Thanks Chenwood, i need all the help i can get!

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Old 03-25-2009, 05:34 AM   #7
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Nevermind.

Use a different hosting site ;-)

use [IMG]image url[/IMG]

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Change this:
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The kodakgallery thing still doesn't work for direct linking, at least here.

Photobucket and flickr are the two I use, and I'm happy with both.

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I'm thinking about building one of these but don't know what size cooler to purchase. I have never done all-grain, but I will eventually want to be able to do 10 gallon batches. Will the 48qt cooler be large enough to hold all the grain necessary for 10 gallon batches?

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