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Old 07-23-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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don't ask me know I know this, but I do. This may be of some value to someone out there

Lets say you strike, mash in... everything is cool. You realize, oh, crap... did I connect my tubing from my false bottom to my spigot on the inside of my MLT?

OR, you are mixing the mash and knock the hose off.

What do you do?

Get your FoodSaver and a roll of 8" wide bag material. Seal the end and then cut this "bag" so that it is long enough to go up your arm to your shoulder.

Then, fill half of this bag with cool tap water, insert arm.

Reach your arm into your mash and feel around for the hose and attach it.

The cool water will insulate your arm to a great degree, your hand and arm will barely get warm.

Problem solved.



 
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Thats a great idea. If you don't have a food saver you could maybe do the same with a kitchen trash bag maybe?



 
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:30 PM   #3
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Thats a great idea. If you don't have a food saver you could maybe do the same with a kitchen trash bag maybe?
Well, FoodSaver bags are suitalbe for boiling, I am not sure if a thin trash bag will provide the strength necessary. All I KNOW is that FoodSaver bags will work.

If you get 3rd degree burns (which can happen to bare skin at these temps in about 1 second) using a trash bag, well, you do.

 
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:32 PM   #4
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You can do it with the shoulder length "dairy" rubber gloves. You'll have finger dexterity to boot. They gave away Blichman "brewing gloves" at the Brewers Cup this year, so I guess that would be an option also.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:35 PM   #5
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You can do it with the shoulder length "dairy" rubber gloves. You'll have finger dexterity to boot. They gave away Blichman "brewing gloves" at the Brewers Cup this year, so I guess that would be an option also.
Yep... unfortunately, sometimes you have to improvise.

 
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:38 PM   #6
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Don't get me wrong it's a great idea.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:51 PM   #7
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This always one of my fears when I am setting up the mash "crap did I connect the false bottom to the spigot". So far I haven't run into this yet but now I have a way out.

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Old 07-23-2009, 05:02 PM   #8
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Good idea!

 
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:03 PM   #9
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I had to do this too. Except, I used a typical pair of dishwashing gloves. Filled them with ice cold water and did the dunk.

Ahhhh. Good Times.

 
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:06 PM   #10
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I did it once, very quickly, with welding gloves. They work for a second or two until they get wet, then look out. I suppose you could put the food saver bag over the welding glove and be OK.



 
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