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Old 05-06-2013, 02:44 AM   #1
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$24 at Walmart, even cheaper than advertised online when I decided to head out to get it!

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:45 AM   #2
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This is what I use. Works great!


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Old 05-06-2013, 03:15 AM   #3
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So here's the back-story: My other mash tun was an older picnic cooler. The liner was pretty thin, and when I started using it for hot purposes (mashing and sparging) the inside started buckling. Then I started noticing that, no matter how much I rinsed and recirc'd, there would always be a bit of brown liquid at the base. I figured the manifold was just harboring a bit in the corners where it wasn't getting rinsed. But today I pulled the manifold out and noticed a small hole in the liner of the cooler! So I've got the rotting dregs of at least a couple of recent mashes stuck in the walls of my cooler. I'm interested in taking it apart to see what it's like, but in the meantime I got to make an impulse buy for my brewing setup!

 
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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That's just horrible...

Homebrew Finds frequently posts really good cooler deals.

 
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:01 AM   #5
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Can you post pictures of your setup inside the cooler, I just bought one and the drain is a little higher up than I thought... And I was wondering how much wort ya loose

 
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:55 AM   #6
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Can you post pictures of your setup inside the cooler, I just bought one and the drain is a little higher up than I thought... And I was wondering how much wort ya loose
If your worried about the drain spout being too high up, adjust your manifold drain tube for the hight difference. The suction will pull most of your wort up and out.

 
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:01 AM   #7
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Can you post pictures of your setup inside the cooler, I just bought one and the drain is a little higher up than I thought... And I was wondering how much wort ya loose
Here's my version using that cooler. Works great for me. Lose about .25 gallons in dead space. I sprayed good stuff insulation into the lid to make it even better insulated. I lose maybe 1F in an hour mash.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:42 PM   #8
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Stainless braid for your manifold is very interesting... Do you have any issues with it collapsing under the weight of the grain? What kind of flow rate do you get? Your efficiency? I currently have an all chopper tubing manifold but i get preferential flow nearest the bulkhead
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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Menards (might not have one near you, midwest big-box store) is having a lot of sales on coolers right now, too. I already have 70qt Xtreme that I use and won't outgrow for some time, but they had good variety for cheap.
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Stainless braid for your manifold is very interesting... Do you have any issues with it collapsing under the weight of the grain? What kind of flow rate do you get? Your efficiency? I currently have an all chopper tubing manifold but i get preferential flow nearest the bulkhead
The entire thing is made from copper pipe. I made the copper manifold and used it for a couple of years. Then I got paranoid that I was getting too much grain into my boil kettle. So I slid the SS mesh over the copper manifold portions that had the slits cut into them. No collapsing. I haven't noticed any difference in flow rate since I added the mesh. I batch sparge, so my efficiency is pretty consistent between 75-80%. I haven't noticed any change in efficiency since I added the mesh. The vorlauf step clears much faster though.



 
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