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Old 05-14-2011, 02:17 AM   #1
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Im just having so much trouble trying to make myself a mash tun. I picked up a kettle ball valve and a screen that fits that from my LHBS. The guy there told me it would work but it doesnt seem to be fitting at all. Just frustrating and I want to get some brewing done tomorrow. I got a bunch of grain already milled and ready to go.


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Old 05-14-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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what are you having trouble with exactly? what doesnt fit?


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Old 05-14-2011, 02:24 AM   #3
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Yeah we need more details to help you out. Sounds like you are trying to mash in a pot? Let us know some more specifics.... maybe even post some pics so we can get an idea of where you're going with the project and what part you are stuck on.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:24 AM   #4
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Now that that's out of the way...give us some details...are you doing an Igloo build...a glycol-jacketed build...post pics if you can. We're here for ya, bro!

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Old 05-14-2011, 04:34 AM   #5
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Yeah sorry I was in a rush when I. Posted lol. Bad day too had some byo magazines get ruined from a spilled pepsi and my brewing up a business book. So I have a recgtangle rubbermade cooler that I just ripped the spigot out of. I purchased a kettle screen and kettle valve (that's what the package says) for it and I think he said those will work. Bt the end that would go into the cooler is a male connector and doesn't go all the way to the inside of the cooler. Plus the screen part is also a male connector. My wife was even helping me haha and she's really not too thrilled with my hobby. She told me to just return the items and buy the other parts that I see people using from home depot. I hope this makes some sense
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:38 AM   #6
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Maybe I need a hose barb?
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:02 AM   #7
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I found that the threaded fitting sold with the kettle ball valve setups is too short. You need at least 1-1/2" to get through the cooler wall and into both the valve and bulkhead on the other side. You'll also want a bulkhead fitting to mate the screen to the threaded part coming through the cooler wall. You'll also want to re-use the washer that was inside the cooler over the threaded item that went through the wall. That will help you to get a better seal inside.

Here's some pic's of how I put my cooler mash tun together..



Mating the nipple on the inside (connected to the bulkhead) to the bazooka screen.


What the valve looks like outside, at least initially...


Once I got the right length fitting to mate the valve (outside the cooler) to the bulkhead inside the cooler, it was pretty easy to get it all together. I did end up using the thicker o-rings in the setup though, since I found the ones that came with the kit too thin. I've actually built a second mash tun cooler since my original, so that I can more easily mash different amounts of grain. In my 10 gallon round cooler, I can mash ~24# of grain, In the 70qt, I can mash ~44#... Means I can make a big barley wine in either a 5 or 10 gallon batch size without issue.

I'm busy in the morning with vehicle maintenance. Otherwise I'd volunteer to hook up with you then to get things figured out. I have some spare bulkheads that you could have one of. If you're up for it, head down to Strange Brew in Marlboro, MA and have Josh (he's one of the good people there) help you out. You'll probably need to get a couple of fittings, but it will be better/easier than trying to get everything all over again.

BTW, I did try to just get a longer threaded fitting from a plumbing supplier as well as Lowe's/HD and neither really worked. Better to get the fitting that is designed to work with the ball valve from the start. I'd also keep the valve made for the kettle conversion.
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Pretty much what golddiggie said. you got a kettle setup, you need a cooler setup with a longer threaded insert.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:26 AM   #9
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Thanks golddiggie I am gonna try to figure something out today. Good to know there are other helpful homebrewers localy
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go to bargainfittings.com.

Theses guys have everything you'll need, and I've gotten great customer service from them.


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