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Old 03-17-2010, 03:10 PM   #1041
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Holy crap. How did you get them home?
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:27 PM   #1042
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LOL, whoops....


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Old 03-18-2010, 05:10 AM   #1043
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I'd like to thank you FlyGuy for giving me all I need to do my first All Grain Batch. I got the exact same cooler and it worked. I did modify things a bit. I couldn't find a 5/8's SS Washer so I used a 3/4 SS Washer... In order to get seal I used two ruber 5/8's wasthers one inside and one out.....

I used 30" braid...I must say it got tangled up pretty good in first batch so I'm not sure if I need a shorter braid or go ahead an build a manifold....

I can't wait to taste this batch.........
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:36 PM   #1044
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found a stainless 5/8 washer at Menards in wi. So, there out there. Just not easy to find.
I almost gave up at Home Depot after looking in the hardware section for about 15 minutes, untill i looked at THE VERY BOTTOM of the self and found them...
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:46 PM   #1045
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If you can't find 5/8 ss washers, make them. Take a 1 1/2 od ss washer with a smaller hole lock it into a vise and drill out the center hole with a step drill bit to 5/8 . Cool the bit with a little wd40. Deburr the new hole (sand paper wraped around a wood dowel will work) and clean off. you will now have a 5/8 ss washer.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:18 AM   #1046
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I get really bad temperature loss with this setup. Even when pre-heating the tun with boiling water. What did I do wrong?
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:29 AM   #1047
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I get really bad temperature loss with this setup. Even when pre-heating the tun with boiling water. What did I do wrong?
I ran this setup for what ended up being 2 hours and at an hour and a half, it had not dropped an entire degree. Granted, it was entirely full, 24 lbs of grain. The only parts that were halfway warm were the valve and a little bit of the lid.

Were you possibly somewhere breezy?
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This setup worked for me I was thinking it might not but it didn't let me down.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:50 AM   #1049
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I get really bad temperature loss with this setup. Even when pre-heating the tun with boiling water. What did I do wrong?
I wouldn't put boiling water in there, I don't think it's rated for that and you might get some cracking or splitting (I've seen pics of that).

How bad of a temp loss? When I put my strike water in 10F over what I want to mash it's a PITA as I don't get heat loss. I have to usually wait and keep stirring to get the temps down.

Are you using the big orange water cooler that most others are using here or a thinner walled rectangle cooler (sorry, didn't look through to see if you posted otherwise). The lid...I'm not sure it's as insulated, when it's cooler I put a folded up blanket on top to help keep the heat in but when it's 60F+ outside I get no heat loss over an hour.

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Old 03-20-2010, 02:48 PM   #1050
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Big orange water cooler. I typically lose 10F or so doughing in, then another 10F over the hour.

Makes mashout at 170 really difficult.

And nope, I'm doing this indoors.


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