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Old 05-30-2012, 04:55 AM   #1
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Here's a few pics of my new mash tun I put together this week. Bought the cooler on Amazon for under $40 shipped. Had a few parts laying around the garage. Bought a few from Bobby M to complete the build (sight glass and sparger).






 
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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How did you get the arm through the wall of the cooler? I have one of those and the threads aren't long enough. Did you use an adapter or something?
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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2" nipple and union from bobby m.

 
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i was filling the mashtun to calibrate my sightglass. as i got over 6 gallons i started to see some weeping at the bottom two bulk heads fittings. Is there any way around this? i dont want to tighten the nuts on the back any more than i have already. I was thinking of maybe using some high temp caulk around the nipple before i made all the connections - thoughts?

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:01 AM   #5
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I wouldn't throw any caulking anywhere that it would actually touch your beer. I don't know, maybe it wouldn't really be an issue but it sounds kinda sketchy to me.

I converted an Ice Cube cooler recently with parts that I scrapped together from hardware stores. On my first test fill with cold water everything held fine. Then I did a test run with hot water and it was leaking like crazy. I used some SS Fender washers that fit around the bulkhead and found a couple of O-rings to shove in there for good measure too and it sealed right up. The Fender washers helped shore up the gap that I had without over tightening the nut on the inside.

Bear with me here... I hope this will make sense but heres a word diagram of how mine ended up being set up (more or less).

Ball Valve - Fender Washer - O-Ring - Cooler Wall - O-Ring - Fender Washers - Nut

Hope that helps...

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:43 AM   #6
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What kind of setup do you have? Will this be used in a three teir system or just a Stock pot?
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:38 PM   #7
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Most of the new good setups you can buy have silicone flat washers on the outside as well as the inside. Put some on the outside and give that a try.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:43 PM   #8
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maybe i should go with a silicon flat washer instead of the o-ring. maybe it would be a better seal.

umm caulking is made of silicon. most washers and o rings are made of silicon. What's the difference?

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:52 PM   #9
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Do you have a link on amazon on the cooler? I am currently looking for a 10Gallon one.

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Old 06-01-2012, 04:17 AM   #10
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homebrewfinds.com last time i ordered it

 
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