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Old 01-26-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Recent DIY projects. S/S mash paddle & PEX manifold

I finally have some time to post some pictures of my recent projects. For me, these little projects are what I love about home brewing the most (ok, well that and good beer ).

I'll start with the mash paddle since I just finished it yesterday. I am a Design Engineer for a company that manufactures custom s/s restaurant & hospital equipment. A big perk is getting to design equipment for my brewery in my free time. I used ProE for the design. The paddle section was cut on our laser using 14/3 s/s. The handle section is 1" diameter s/s tubing with the end capped and welded closed. I can't take credit for the fabrication of this because I had our best welder in the shop do it for me. He really did a great job.


I decided to try the PEX manifold because I had some in my garage already, and I had read some good reviews from other brewers using it. It was very simple to make. I drilled 1/16" holes on the bottom. I wanted to brew a batch with it before making a post about it just to make sure it worked well. It does! I was previously using a s/s braid and it was getting really beat up. This thing is rock solid.

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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Wow that's a lot of holes! Looks great!

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:16 AM   #3
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Yes lol, took me about 2 hours to drill all those holes. It was tedious but I tried it with the slots first and didn't like how it turned out so I re-did it with the holes.

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Forgot to mention that I did use the crimp rings but they weren't really necessary. It seemed to stay pretty snug without them but I added the rings just to be safe. The crimping tool is pretty expensive.

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Do you have dimensions for the manifold. Also, was the pvc bent already, or did you have to warm it up and bend it?

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Man you have the patience of a saint to drill all those holes, but it looks great

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How do you plan on cleaning that manifold? I left mine so I could easily pull it apart and rinse the individual pieces

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Do you have dimensions for the manifold. Also, was the pvc bent already, or did you have to warm it up and bend it?
It's PEX and it's flexible unlike PVC.
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Do you have dimensions for the manifold. Also, was the pvc bent already, or did you have to warm it up and bend it?
I think he used pex tubing which is flexible. but like he said the disadvantage to this is the tool to crimp the rings is expensive.
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I built a similar one , only rectangle for my Mash Tun. really easy to work with, but i just used SS hose clamps on it, pretty cheap. and It seems to work great and easy to take apart and clean, but so far i just back flush it and it seems to be fine. I cut slots in each section... very flexable stuff and so far 3 mashes and zero probs... running about 70% ave eff.

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