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Old 09-15-2006, 04:32 PM   #1
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Well, I'm thinking of trying an all grain batch.

I have some questions about converting my cooler over, I have a pretty large coleman extreme right now, it has the bulkhead type spout, what is the best way to convert them?

I was originally thinking I'd get the weldless kit and either bazooka tube or just make my own braid line. That will be very nice but fairly expensive, are there some cheaper alternatives?


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Well I tried to figure out how to put together my own and after several weeks and even more stores I gave up and bought the Kewler Kit. Got a second cooler yesterday and I did not even try to make one.... just got another one this morning. It was assembled in less then 5 minutes! How are you planning to sparge? It's an important question to ask yourself.


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How are you planning to sparge? It's an important question to ask yourself.

Thats a great point..that will detemine on how to go.
I got a 36 qt extreme (gonna buy a 52 qt) for fly sparging. The drain is easy to take out. I used a platic double compression fitting where the nut was inside the cooler against the rubber gasket, and the other end completly on the outside. I have a copper manifold...but the idea can work for a screen. I was too cheap to buy a cooler kit htingy..but have heard great reviews about them.


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the weldless fiting is worth the money if you don't wanna hunt around the hardware store for the fittings.

i'd recommend a cpvc manifold. you can cut the stuff with hand saw, and fit it together with some joints that you don't have to glue. easy to clean and cheap enough to throw away and make a new one....
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Right...I have spent a few lunch hours in a hardware store thinking of all the possible combinations...and its trial and error.
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Would a standard plastic valve for a bucket not work?
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i'd recommend a cpvc manifold. you can cut the stuff with hand saw, and fit it together with some joints that you don't have to glue. easy to clean and cheap enough to throw away and make a new one....
I went with a copper one and my dremel tool cut my slots like the copper was soft butter, I also dont have a single piece of it soldered or glued together . . . it's not like I want my manifold water tight or anything. With that being said with todays price for copper CPVC may be the way to go cost wise
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You could follow the instructions found on this page. It is about as cheap as possible. This is for batch sparging if that is what your going to do. > http://hbd.org/cascade/dennybrew/
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Anyone know why CPVC is not the route generally taken... I mean it's cheaper and easier to work with. Brew Ware shows a CPVC manifold..... that's the only book I have seen it suggested in.
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I suppose it could be a sturdyness issue...


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