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Old 06-13-2012, 09:13 PM   #161
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Not really following you on the hose elevation on the outside of the cooler. I'm about to switch mani's to CPVC but previously the mani I linked above pulled out all but a cup or two at the absolute most with no issue and I had the hose going straight down from the outside connection into a pot. Could you elaborate a bit on what you mean by getting enough elevation on the outside? Thanks.
Yes. The distance between the end of the spigot/fitting, to the bottom of the receiving vessel (well, technically, to the top of the receiving vessel's volume).

If your manifold is flush with the bottom, and that the liquid has to go up 3" to get to the valve, you will need at the very least 3" of head (downwards hose) to create enough head to keep pulling to the bottom of mash tun. In reality, it's higher than that as there is friction. If you were testing with no hose (only the ball valve & fitting), that's the source of your larger than normal amount of liquid left behind.

Also, the hose should be small enough to prevent ANY air from being in it. 3/8" to 1/2" should do it.

Refer to this discussion here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/mash...stions-327949/

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Old 06-14-2012, 12:31 PM   #162
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Oh ok. Phew. You had me worried for a minute. I place the cooler up on top of one of our Islands so it starts a little over 3.5' and even when the receiving vessel is full still has a couple feet between the two straight down. I thought you were meaning something else and I thought I was going to be in deep trouble due to lack of the proper amount of hose soon.


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Old 08-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #163
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Great job I use the same set up but I do fly sparge so I made a manifold and mounted to the lid.
Any pics of your sparge manifold? Been trying to build one but need ideas and a DIY!
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:40 PM   #164
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I'm having issues with my spigot leaking.

It goes like this:

1/2" CPVC Adapter -> Plastic Washer from Cooler Spigot -> Rubber Grommet from Cooler Spigot -> O-Ring -> 1/2" Ball Valve -> Barb Adapter

I went with an o-ring because I couldn't find that "Rubber Hose Grommet" anywhere, or any that would fit onto the CPVC adapter. Any ideas?
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I'm having issues with my spigot leaking.

It goes like this:

1/2" CPVC Adapter -> Plastic Washer from Cooler Spigot -> Rubber Grommet from Cooler Spigot -> O-Ring -> 1/2" Ball Valve -> Barb Adapter

I went with an o-ring because I couldn't find that "Rubber Hose Grommet" anywhere, or any that would fit onto the CPVC adapter. Any ideas?
The O-Ring is outside, between the wall and the valve? If so, it may be over-tightened/crushed. Take it apart and and tighten it only finger-tight.

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The O-Ring is outside, between the wall and the valve? If so, it may be over-tightened/crushed. Take it apart and and tighten it only finger-tight.

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That's probably it, I'll give it a try. The only rubber on the inside is the rubber washer from the ice chest spigot, right?
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Can anyone show me their SS braid setup on this one?
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Can anyone show me their SS braid setup on this one?
Not sure a braid would work real well on this one. I got rid of mine a while ago, but there was a good drop from the point the manifold starts to the bottom and quite a bit of deadspace.

I could be wrong though if someone is having success with a braid.
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Mine works ok with the braid setup. Thinking about switching to a manifold though, see if I can get better efficiency. I get 70-75% now with the braid.
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Anyone know where to get a false bottom that would fit this cooler? On occasion I get grain particles in my brew, so I'm thinking of adding a false bottom on top of the braid. It could rest on that lip above the drain, just need a couple posts on the other side to keep it propped up. Looking at my options to impove this. Still thinking of a manifold, wondering if that will fix the issue. Or maybe my crush is too fine.


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