I'm using a cooler with a manifold and evidently I must have knocked the manifold apart when I stirred for the mash. I've tried using a stainless scrubby as a filter but that isn't working. I'm stuck here with grains and water in the cooler and no way to get the runnings out. Could I stick my hand down in the grains maybe and try and reconnect the manifold then drain out the grains and extend the mash? Need some ideas here.
No problem sticking your hand in the mash if you don't mind the hot temperatures. If I were in your situation, I'd try putting on some of those yellow cleaning gloves first to see if that keeps your hands from possibly getting burnt. Just listen to your body and pull your hands out if it starts getting too hot. Having a small tub of cold water nearby to cool them off right after wouldn't be a bad idea in my books.