I woke up this morning excited about brew day. Today I was supposed to be brewing my 1st lager. This would be my first brew day in 7 months. I got my stuff out, cleaned it up, and begun heating my strike water.
Once I was up to temp. I dumped it in to my cooler to preheat. I was taking a temperature reading getting ready to dough in when I noticed that I was standing in water. After a little inspection I found this:
I took it apart and discovered my brass nipple had ruptured. Apparently some water had frozen in there over the winter. I ran to Lowe's picked up some new brass and put it all back together.
I started filling it with water to test and it still leaks. I took it apart again and discovered that the cooler walls around the hole had warped.
As I tighten the fittings, apparently it pulls the rubber grommet up into the walls of the cooler allowing the water to pass through.
So three hours later, and the crushed grain in the fridge, I've given up for the day. Do you think I need to get a new cooler or can you think of another solution?