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Old 01-05-2012, 06:04 AM   #2011
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My braid is beat up from stirring after 20-25 batches. Time for a new braid after a couple of stuck sparges. I'm going to go with a tee and a hoop design this time. Seems like the hoop may stay more stable than a single braid flopping around?
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My braid is beat up from stirring after 20-25 batches. Time for a new braid after a couple of stuck sparges. I'm going to go with a tee and a hoop design this time. Seems like the hoop may stay more stable than a single braid flopping around?
I will probably do that to when this one goes out. And since my boss spends half his 4 hour work day with his nose in the McMaster catalogue ill probably have him rustle up a 1/2" SS spring to fortify the braid.

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:25 AM   #2013
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I will probably do that to when this one goes out. And since my boss spends half his 4 hour work day with his nose in the McMaster catalogue ill probably have him rustle up a 1/2" SS spring to fortify the braid.
I like the spring idea!
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:02 AM   #2014
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I envy you bro, I just tried to fix my leaker, now its got the standard brass ball valve etc. But I have a SS 1/2 & tried to find your washers tonight at Menards, the only place packing SS Washers, nothing that beautiful in stock. Maybe when I get some petro I can check out fastenal and see wassup, tomorrow I will try to see if the LHBS has SS weldless bulk head and do it that way. ha I said Bulk Head.
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I wanted to add an option for 1/2 inch valve users because I wasn't quite sure how to do it. I was upgrading the cooler and already had the parts.

I got all this stuff at a local hardware so I'll do my best listing the items,
1/2 inch Brass ball valve
3 -Stainless Steel Washers that happen to fit into the plastic molded hole of the cooler.
2- rubber o rings
Brass coupler which I intend to replace with a shorter steel one.



Everything put together


See what I mean about the ss washers, cool huh


Tested it with 8 gallons of water for an hour, no leak

 
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #2015
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I envy you bro, I just tried to fix my leaker, now its got the standard brass ball valve etc. But I have a SS 1/2 & tried to find your washers tonight at Menards, the only place packing SS Washers, nothing that beautiful in stock. Maybe when I get some petro I can check out fastenal and see wassup, tomorrow I will try to see if the LHBS has SS weldless bulk head and do it that way. ha I said Bulk Head.
The SS washers at my Menards weren't by the other washers. I had ask someone and he went an isle over and found one.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:58 AM   #2016
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Just finished my first MLT. These instructions rocked! The guys at Home Depot were cool. They got the chery picker out and got the last 10gal cooler they had until the spring orders off the top of the outdoor garden center racks. I was surprised they did that. Ayway, this is going to be fun. Tomorrow I'll pressure test it with some water. Hopefully i did this right and no leaks will happen! ---> fingers crossed
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:06 AM   #2017
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My braid finally collapsed, so I replaced with stainless kettle screen, and the flow is so much better...
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:44 AM   #2018
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My braid finally collapsed, so I replaced with stainless kettle screen, and the flow is so much better...
Where and how did you do the kettle screen? I'm may be having the same issue.

 
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:51 AM   #2019
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Inflation has really hit and you can no longer make it for the same price, but it is still cheaper to do it this way than buying the kit in the beer store. The parts cost me about $37 and the 10 gal. Rubbermaid cooler was $46 at Home Depot. I bought my SS washers and rubber ring seal at Fastenal. The only modification I had to make on your outstanding directions was that I needed 6 fender washers as spacers on the outside (so 7 washers total). Other than that, everything went together very easily. The pix included helped a ton as well. Thanks a bunch!
Ditto. I just got all of my parts and started to put it together and am definitely going to need at least one, possibly two more washers on the outside. I got the build-a-bolt kit which came with 4xSS washers, and picked up two just in case. Looks like it's going to be 7 or 8 for me.

I don't know if the cooler has changed slightly, or if it's a difference in the Home Depot branded model or what.

Anyway, can't wait to have this thing done and jump int my first AG batch.

 
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:23 AM   #2020
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I've not had a problem with my SS braid in 11 batches, but after brewing the other day, my braid was all squiggly. So I thought it was done for, but just went in an compressed it towards the valve and it went back to normal and works fine now.
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