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Old 12-20-2008, 10:22 PM   #1
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I have been using a 48qt rubbermaid cooler and a SS braid for a mash tun. The braid is clamped directly to a 3/8"O.D. plastic tube that directly passes out through the coolers water drain.

It has worked OK but I feel I could control the volume of my vorlauf better with a ball valve. I need advice on the ball valve addition.

What size valve will I need? Must it be SS? Anybody have a good picture of their set up? Are these set ups pretty much the same from one cooler to the next?


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Old 12-20-2008, 10:37 PM   #2
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I'd go with one of the cooler fitting set-ups like the ones on this page. There are brass or stainless options (personally I prefer the stainless). The whole thing is pretty easy to install.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:00 AM   #3
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i got the fitting from the link in the post above me, love it.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:03 AM   #4
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This might help if you're looking to DIY.
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