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Old 09-19-2010, 02:19 PM   #1221
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I don't think I posted in here yet, but I have now run three 5g batches through mine and LOVE it.

$40 - 10G HD cooler
$45 - 12" false bottom
$40 - 2 piece ball valve kit
$10 - internal barb -
6 inches of silicone tubing I already had.

So about $150 spent here, but it works absolutely flawlessly IMO.

I literally don't understand why I didn't go AG sooner.

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:03 AM   #1222
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Originally Posted by czukowski View Post

I used whatever o-rings they had at Home Depot. In the bathroom faucet row of all places. So far after two sessions no issues.

As far as SS washers I found my at Ace Hardware and not the Fender washers as I found the regular ones (all I could find anyway) and it works like a charm.
Just finished it! Doing a water test and no leaks so far.

Someone mentioned it in another post, but the Create-A-Bolt set by Crown Bolt has stainless steel washers in it. You can buy it at Home Depot in the hardware section for less than $4. Good was a good find as I could not find the right size SS washer ANYWHERE.

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:08 AM   #1223
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Looking good, chrislehr. Good call on the hardware kit, novabrew.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:03 PM   #1224
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Originally Posted by MrInternet View Post
I did this to a 3Gal gatorade Igloo my parents had had for 20 something years. Works like a top, holds temp -2 deg for 75 minutes... I'll take that. Anyway, I was thinking about marking off gradations on the interior for gallons/quarts, as I plan to fill with over-heated water first and let the tun heat up until the water cools to strike temp. I already took the measurements, but I started thinking that maybe permanent marker wouldn't be the greatest thing to have in my mash tun... I know it's "permanent", but it seems that with the heat there might be a leeching of something harsh.
Just bumping this question... I'm int he process of building a 10G version of this, and would love to mark off gradients inside the tun in permanent marker. I know it will fade over time, I guess what I want to know is after it dries, is there any reason to think that exposing it to 140-170 temps will leech anything harmful? Thanks!

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Old 09-21-2010, 03:37 PM   #1225
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Do you already have the cooler? My rubbermaid already has volume gradients in gallons and litres built in. The marker would eventually leech into your wort, without a doubt. The only issue would be if that would bother you. Do you use teflon cookware? That stuff's probably worse...

And I can't thank flyguy enough for this DIY. I was using a bucket with a false bottom for a year. This thing is amazing! What a dream to use and clean!
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:34 PM   #1226
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Only slightly related, being posted for amusement:

If you can read this, you're not drinking enough.

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Old 09-26-2010, 12:42 AM   #1227
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Found a 10G cooler on craigslist the other day and I picked up the HW at lowes tonight. Looking 1 step closer to AG

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:23 PM   #1228
Sep 2010
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Thanks for this. I can't wait to try my first AG batch. A couple notes on my build: I found the 10 gallon cooler ($39.99) and all the hardware at Home Depot. I used the "Create a Bolt" for the SS washers as well as a few zinc washers as spacers on the outside (OK cause it's not going to touch the wort, right?).

I noticed that the supply hoses at Home Depot are all plastic (even though they look like steel) so I ended up going to my local hardware store for that.

I can't wait to try this out! Now, what should I brew?

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Old 09-28-2010, 06:27 PM   #1229
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Does anyone know the maximum size grain bill you can use in this 10 gallon MLT?

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Old 09-28-2010, 06:34 PM   #1230
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Originally Posted by BryanJ View Post
Does anyone know the maximum size grain bill you can use in this 10 gallon MLT?

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