I’m building my first mash tun & manifold right now. I found a Igloo IceCube 60qt (http://www.igloocoolers.com/Coolers/Ice … ube-Roller) for $25 at WallyWorld. I really like the form factor when loading it in/out of the coupe.
My only complaint & I knew when buying it is that the drain plug isn’t recessed. It actually sits about 2.5" higher at an upward angle. I built a manifold using 1/2" copper & connected it to the valve using a copper T and a piece of 1/2" CPVC, which routes at an upward angle.
I’m assuming the pressure of liquid will be great enough to feed the flow when I open the valve & a vacuum should keep it flowing. I’ll be building a manifold on the top for fly sparge as well. Anybody ever route a manifold to a valve that’s a bit higher?
(FYI: This is the build I’m aiming for: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-supe … tun-92724/)
As long as you attach a hose to the valve so that the wort is draining at a point lower than the manifold, it will form a siphon and pull the wort out below the level of the valve.
I bought that cooler as a mashtun and ended up not using it because of that very problem. It does work well as a fermentation chamber for your fermenter, if you heat it with a fish tank heater.
True, but as soon as siphon breaks, that’s all the draining you are going to do even though there may still be wort to drain (albeit slowly)
I was going through your posts to see if you mentioned what type of cooler you chose instead & saw your post about Magic Hat #9. Thought i would mention that’s what I’m working on, once I get this mash tun built.
I didn’t need a 60qt, but would like to brew lighter 10gal batches, and some 5gal Barley wines… not to mention $25 was a steal. My 5th trip to homedepot, lets hope I can make it work…
[quote=“fightdman”]True, but as soon as siphon breaks, that’s all the draining you are going to do even though there may still be wort to drain (albeit slowly)[/quote]There’s not really another option when the valve is higher than the manifold. I just put a long hose on the valve going to a one-gallon pitcher on the ground and let it slowly suck the last bit out over 20-30 minutes.
i brought the same cooler and figured i would just drill a new hole in the front at the bottom…of course its still just sitting in the barn untouched so far.
Here is a lonk to the 60qt Igloo Cube that I converted.
One of these days I will posts pics of the 120 and 150qt Coleman Extremes that I converted.