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Old 01-12-2012, 09:58 PM   #31
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I just used a copper piece with 1/2" female side and a 1/2" normal side that connects to the manifold. I would imagine you could find something similar with a 3/8" female side.

I got all my parts at Lowes if that helps
That part I figured out - what I can't get is a watertight seal around where the manifold exits the cooler. The rubber washer that came with the cooler just isn't working. It looks like yours is out of steel on your build - what did you use?
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:17 PM   #32
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I have used the cheap and easy stainless hose design for a couple of years and decided to upgrade. I tend to fly sparge and was noticing some channeling and also wanted to keep everything 1/2". After looking at the previously mentioned how to brew article and this page I came up with this;



I liked the idea of having the output closest to spigot but wasnt sure how to do it. I created a odd cross fitting with 1/2" tee and 1/2" street elbow. I drilled a hole in the tee and choped the street elbow to mate with it and soldered it together. It pressed fit tightly to a 5/8" female compression fitting. Here it is installed in the Rubbermaid;




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Old 01-13-2012, 01:23 AM   #33
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I leave the piece that fits the thread on and I have just enough room to slide in the copper tube when I set the manifold in the MLT. I am not soldering anything in my manifold because it holds together pretty well due to the snug fit and I made all the tubing pieces similar lengths so that when I do take it apart, I don't have to worry about finding the correct parts for each section.
I'm trying to do copper all the way to the spigot as well but am having trouble figuring out how to connect a 1/2" copper tube to the 1/2" brass nipple I have going through the side of my cooler. I'm not having any luck finding the correct parts and the guys at the local Lowes are bigger idiots that me. Can you tell me how you pieced yours together from the copper tube to the spigot?
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:30 AM   #34
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I'm trying to do copper all the way to the spigot as well but am having trouble figuring out how to connect a 1/2" copper tube to the 1/2" brass nipple I have going through the side of my cooler. I'm not having any luck finding the correct parts and the guys at the local Lowes are bigger idiots that me. Can you tell me how you pieced yours together from the copper tube to the spigot?
Why do you have a brass nipple on the inside of your MLT?

Maybe I am misunderstanding you but if you look at the picture of mine below, I pieced it together with:
(4) 90 degree
(5) T's
(1) 45 degree
(1) female threaded piece on one end to fit onto my 1/2" male bulkhead

Let me know if you need more details and I can get those to you.

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:07 AM   #35
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Haha, you are understanding me ok. I'm just that bad at plumbing.. My problem is I don't know how to make the transition from the copper tubing to the ball valve. I got the brass nipple idea from the OP (sorry for the mild thread jacking!) but now that i look back I don't see it on his build. I see you have the female on the end of your manifold which is something I could definitly do (lowes part # 22627??), but what are you using for the male bulkhead to get outside the cooler to the ball valve? That is my missing link right now. I'm a terrible plumber so thank you for all your help!!

Edit: a little more research helped me figure it out. I'm just missing that female adapter. I'll hit the hardware store first thing in the morning.

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:08 AM   #36
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Just completed my first batch with this manifold which is my first all-grain batch period. I got 79% mash efficiency.

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:27 AM   #37
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Why do you have a brass nipple on the inside of your MLT?

Maybe I am misunderstanding you but if you look at the picture of mine below, I pieced it together with:
(4) 90 degree
(5) T's
(1) 45 degree
(1) female threaded piece on one end to fit onto my 1/2" male bulkhead

Let me know if you need more details and I can get those to you.


Where did you find the bulkhead? It would be great if you could post more info on that part of the build.
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I took apart my bulkhead and notated the various components;



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Where did you find the bulkhead? It would be great if you could post more info on that part of the build.
I was able to complete mine. The "bulkhead" I have is the 1/2" x 1.5" brass pipe nipple that goes through the side of the cooler to the 1/2"ball valve. A #15 o-ring fits perfectly on the nipple.
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I took apart my bulkhead and notated the various components;



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Thanks! The local Home Depot is pretty terrible, so I had to order them. Hopefully this is the last bit of stuff I need... then it's off to make beer!
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