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Old 01-02-2010, 02:57 AM   #1
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My MLT has developed a very small leak and since everything is closed right now due to the holiday, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a quick fix on that? The leak is really small (less than a qt over the course of a mash and sparge), so I can still use it if I can't fix it, but I will have to compensate with a little extra grain. Thanks.

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Old 01-02-2010, 04:13 AM   #2
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A quart seems like a large amount!!! Where is it leaking from? What kind of MLT do you have?


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Old 01-02-2010, 04:29 AM   #3
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It's leaking from the bulkhead fitting, but I didn't do a conversion on it. I use the steel mesh and siphon tube lautering method. The cooler is a 70 qt igloo max cold. Thanks.

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Old 01-02-2010, 06:34 AM   #4
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I fixed the problem. One of the plastic gaskets in the bulkhead fitting assembly was broken allowing leakage to get past. While I don't have an extra gasket laying around, I was able to find an o-ring that fit and added that to the assembly. I also assembled it backwards (i.e. threads coming out of the cooler). I just put a typical mash volume of water in the cooler and am happy to report no leaks. I am going to let the water sit in there over night and if there are still no leaks I am going to call it good. Thanks for the reply, Grizzly.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:27 PM   #5
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Good to hear! That was going to be my only suggestion. I've used plastic o-rings in both of my MT's for the past year and haven't had to replace either of them. I know they are not specifically heat-rated, but they seem to hold up all right. Happy Brewing!


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