Cooler Conversion - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Cooler Conversion

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-14-2009, 06:19 PM   #1
theganda
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Chicago, IL
Posts: 76


I see a lot of square (read: not upright rubbermaid) cooler conversions on this site, but almost all of them use a copper manifold. Has anyone had any success using a stripped stainless steel braid? would that cause too much funneling action over a square grainbed? I don't readily have the tools to cut, solder, and build the copper manifold at the time, so I want to take the easy way if it will create good results. Thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 06:21 PM   #2
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,200
Liked 1657 Times on 1071 Posts


A stainless braid will work fine.
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2006
Adams, MA
Posts: 20,883
Liked 523 Times on 420 Posts


I use a SS braid with a rectangular cooler, but I'm also not fly sparging. Channelling isn't an issue for batch sparging. You batch sparging or fly?

Keep in mind, too, that if you DO want a manifold, you can use C-PVC (*not* regular PVC, that's not rated for mash temps). If you do use copper you don't really need to solder anything, just dry-fit. Cutting copper is NBD, just get a pipe cutter (a few bucks at the hardware store).
__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 06:24 PM   #4
JesseRC
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
San Antonio
Posts: 1,766
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts


go stainless or go with copper, its your choice, either method will work and is cheap. The problem is where folks get convinced they have to insert something into the braid to keep it from collapsing. Keep it simple and just try it. Braid is like 4 bucks. If it dont work for you try the copper.
__________________
Jesse

Primaries: Mojave Red (AG)
Kegs: Hibiscus Saison (AG), Orange Kolsch (AG) , Cocunut Porter
Future Brew: Wee Heavy

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 06:39 PM   #5
theganda
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
Chicago, IL
Posts: 76

Can I just use one braid the length of the cooler, or should I create a circle (or rectangle) by splitting it before the exit spout? Does it make a difference?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 06:57 PM   #6
Denny
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jun 2005
Eugene, OR
Posts: 4,700
Liked 624 Times on 447 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by theganda View Post
Can I just use one braid the length of the cooler, or should I create a circle (or rectangle) by splitting it before the exit spout? Does it make a difference?
If you plan to batch sparge, see this....

dennybrew
__________________
Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

http://www.experimentalbrew.com - "Homebrew All Stars" now shipping!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2009, 03:20 PM   #7
hamiltont
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Somewhere in the middle of Nebraska
Posts: 873
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Denny View Post
If you plan to batch sparge, see this....

dennybrew
Denny is right on! I built my mash tun based on his instructions and it works fantastic, and it's inexpensive. There has to be 1000's, maybe millions, of these in use today. For an average beer (1.050 OG) I usually get around 75-80% Brewhouse efficiency. Cheers!!
__________________
If Homebrew & BBQ aren't the answer, then you're askin' the wrong questions... Cheers!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2009, 08:20 PM   #8
de_ronde
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 73

I opted for a 5 gallon round cooler that uses a spigot much like the FlyGuy post that is on the Wiki. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...version-23008/

It seems that my stainless braid will leave a bit of deadspace at the bottom if I attach it directly to the barb inside the cooler. Would it make sense to add a couple of inches of hi-temp vinyl tubing to act as a dip tube to get some siphon effect from to bottom of the cooler, or should i just keep it simple and attach the braid directly to the hose barb?

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cooler conversion ChickenSoop All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 08-27-2009 09:25 PM
Another MLT conversion, PVC $20 + cooler _Edge Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 6 04-15-2008 12:55 AM
Keg and Cooler conversion for first AG WhoAmI Kettles, Mash Tuns & Hot Liquor Tanks 3 01-10-2008 02:41 PM
Cooler Conversion? RuSty420 Bottling/Kegging 1 08-04-2007 11:21 AM
Cooler conversion Todd All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 25 09-18-2006 08:24 PM


Forum Jump