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Old 06-16-2007, 08:02 PM   #1
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Well, I realized that my 5 gal Gott MLT wasn’t going to let me brew the beers that I wanted to brew. So I went out after a Victory 48 qt cooler. I went to Wally World and surprisingly they were out of them, but they were just putting a new shipment of the 50 qt Ice Cubes on the shelves ($24.95)!! The price difference from the Victory’s was the price of a 10’ stick of CPVC. So I grabbed one and headed for the truck. I noticed in the store that this size of Ice Cube does NOT have a built in drain, but I have a 7/8ths hole saw so I wasn’t worried. Stopped at a plumbing supply store on the way home and got the parts for a bulkhead fitting and a stick of 1/2'” CPVC and headed for the home stead.

First, I forgot to take pics of the holesaw in action.

Here’s a shot of the inside bulkhead fitting and the CPVC ½ inch adapter.


And the outside. The bulkhead fitting is called “1/2” Brass Tailpiece” and fits the 7/8” hole perfectly. The washer is a ¾” #2 rubber gasket and a ½” steel locknut holds everything tight.


Here is the manifold I made with slots cut into the bottom with a Dremel.


And here it is in the MLT. It’s hard to see but it sits right on the bottom of the MLT. I’m hoping this will cut my loss to just cups!!!! Will let y’all know.



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Here’s my 2 MLT’s. They will alternate HLT duties when needed.


And this is the thing to have when your working with CPVC. I hate hacksaws and this thing goes thru CPVC like a hot knife thru butter. $10


And here is a shot of my equipment. That’s a 9.5 gal brew pot.


And my first attempt at a brewery logo.


I had to post this, I’m kinda proud of myself. All in all, I have about $35 in my new MLT.

I hope someone can benefit from this.



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Old 06-18-2007, 02:47 AM   #3
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That all looks good to me but I'm a N00b so what do I know.
I do have a question for you and the others here. Why is it when you all make these you don't put in a temp gage?

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SWEET!

I just finished mine tonight after being inspired by your pics...

I used a 24quart picnic cooler and 1/2in CPVC...worked out quite well.

As for your question FSR402 I plan on buying one of those long thermometors for turkey fryers to put through the side wall of mine so I can watch the temp without opening the lid.

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Great GH, glad it helped.


The reason I didn't was because it's hard enough to stir with the manifold in there, having to dodge a thermometer would make it worse. Besides, everyone raves about them holding temps so very well. I'm just gonna RDWHAHB!!!!!

I just might punch a hole in the top to stick one through. Just a thought.

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I was thinking of running mine as close to the manifold as possible so it wouldn't be that big of a deal to stir around...

Thanks again!

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As for your question FSR402 I plan on buying one of those long thermometors for turkey fryers to put through the side wall of mine so I can watch the temp without opening the lid.
Yes... That's what I was thinking of doing. To me it just makes sence.
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Here my setup with the CPVC manifold, I did it according to Plamers book.



Fly sparging with the lid closed to keep heat in.

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Fly sparging with the lid closed to keep heat in.

I think if you had mounted that to the lid it would work a lot better. Being where it is, that's has to be a bitch to stir the mash.
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Actually, it looks like it's easily removable. Just put it in when your ready to sparge. Nice idea.



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