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Old 03-18-2007, 01:55 AM   #11
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I built these tuns for $75 each thus far, that includes the 10 gallon cooler, ball valve and bulkhead, as well as the thru the wall digital therms. I should go into freaking business. No shipping, pickup only!

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Old 03-18-2007, 07:33 AM   #12
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The only downside to this I can see is you are only taking the temp in one areas. I like to check multiple localised areas to make sure there are no differentials.

I suppose good stirring would over come this and be beneficial.


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Old 03-18-2007, 12:07 PM   #13
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That is generally what I do, mix well. Look at all the keggles with thru the wall therms. I generally mix the mash once every 10 minutes for a 60 min mash.

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Old 03-18-2007, 01:52 PM   #14
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Great idea and I like your SS false bottom in your mash tun. It looks like the steamer insert you see in the kitchen section of stores. Ingenious solution and I like that it can easily fit different diameter coolers.
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:26 PM   #15
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The false bottom that you DO see is from my 5 gallon tun, which I sold. My 10 gallon will have a 12" SS bottom that was purchased. You can only get 10" dia. SS steamers. No go with my 10 gallon sys.

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Old 03-19-2007, 02:42 PM   #16
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I did have great luck with the steamers though for false bottoms... normally near 78-80% eff. Try one if you have a 5 gallon tun, they are only $4.

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Old 03-22-2007, 06:46 PM   #17
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Do you have to buy the stoppers you used on the inside from a homebrew shop or do they sell those at Lowe's as well?
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Old 03-25-2007, 02:33 AM   #18
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You CAN buy stoppers at Lowes, BUT they are a VERY HARD rubber, I was concerned that they may not seal as well. So I purchased the stoppers at a homebrew store, they are more "squishy" and seal perfectly.

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Hey Pol,
Where did you get your thermometers for this? Did you spend less than $10 on those as well?
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I bought true-temp digital therms at Target for $8... the stoppers were like .40 each... I am brewing with that system this weekend, my SS false bottom and SS sparge arm are enroute as I type... looks like a great weekend to brew!


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