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cooler adaption
« on: March 25, 2015, 09:07:07 PM »
I'm thinking about upgrading to an Igloo cooler mashtun, but the already made ones are a bit more than I want to spend. I see some HBSs sell the weldless spigots that can be used to convert a plain cooler. Is this as easy as it seems, and easy or not does it work okay?   
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 09:22:52 PM »
We've got a video on how to make Denny Conn's "Cheap 'n' Easy" cooler mashtun set up on the AHA website: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/advanced/videos/. Click on How To Build A Mashtun.
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 09:55:11 PM »
We've got a video on how to make Denny Conn's "Cheap 'n' Easy" cooler mashtun set up on the AHA website: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/advanced/videos/. Click on How To Build A Mashtun.
I don't have the time right now, but I will check it out. Thanks.
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015, 11:55:23 PM »
Bargainfittings.com for the parts needed.

Effort will vary by the cooler. I recommend picking the cooler first so you can examine it and determine what needs to be done in the conversion.

Denny's hose braid setup is awesome as well. I have a 50L tun using his method, and a 70L tun using a bulk head.

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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2015, 04:05:26 PM »
I'm thinking about upgrading to an Igloo cooler mashtun, but the already made ones are a bit more than I want to spend. I see some HBSs sell the weldless spigots that can be used to convert a plain cooler. Is this as easy as it seems, and easy or not does it work okay?

Steve, check out www.dennybrew.com for step by step
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2015, 04:59:21 PM »
I'm thinking about upgrading to an Igloo cooler mashtun, but the already made ones are a bit more than I want to spend. I see some HBSs sell the weldless spigots that can be used to convert a plain cooler. Is this as easy as it seems, and easy or not does it work okay?

super easy-that's how i built my two. 10 gal igloo, unscrewed existing spigot, installed weldless spigot from bargain fittings, and hooked up the braid. i since converted from braid to copper manifold i built...also very easy and cheap.
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2015, 06:01:07 PM »
It is easy to put together a spigot. All I had to do though with the coleman extreme was push about 10" of 1/2" OD 3/8" ID tubing through the drain and it fits snugly. I was then able to attach a braid inside the cooler and a ball valve on the other. Doesn't leak especially with the weight of the mash pushing against it.

Just another option for keeping it simple, cheap and easy.
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2015, 09:40:37 PM »
I'm thinking about upgrading to an Igloo cooler mashtun, but the already made ones are a bit more than I want to spend. I see some HBSs sell the weldless spigots that can be used to convert a plain cooler. Is this as easy as it seems, and easy or not does it work okay?

Steve, check out www.dennybrew.com for step by step
Thanks Denny,
I cut and pasted the instructions into a doc to study later.
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2015, 04:27:29 PM »
It looks like making one wouldn't be very hard for anyone who is mildly mechanically inclined. I'm kind of hesitant, since all my life I've been mechanically declined.
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Re: cooler adaption
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2015, 04:53:22 PM »
It looks like making one wouldn't be very hard for anyone who is mildly mechanically inclined. I'm kind of hesitant, since all my life I've been mechanically declined.

I am the least handy person in the world.  In addition, I hate building equipment and would rather use that time to brew.  That's why I came up with that design.  475 batches in, I still haven't changed it.
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