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Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 679
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 08:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Since there is no such thing as a tee when it comes to plumbing fittings I came up with my own solution.





What do you think?
 

MJR
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Username: Mjr

Post Number: 147
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 08:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Looks good!

Did you sweat the fittings together yourself? How long did it take?

I need to upgrade my 10 gallon cooler mash tun...
 

ScottDeW
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Username: Scott

Post Number: 277
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 08:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does your Dremel need a new cutting disk?
Scott
http://texanbrew.com
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 216
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Geoff -

Absolutely beautiful!

Your cross-over is going to trap an air bubble however, unless you can vent it somehow. The air bubble will prevent any fluid flow through this section.
Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 680
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I only sweated (?) the top part/midspan. The ends are just fit together and then I dimpled them with a punch and hammer. This way I can disassemble it periodically. I tinned the 1/2" exit tube where it connects to the reducer and elbow so not it fits nice and snug, but can be removed from the cooler easily.

I cut the pieces and loosely assembled it in one evening while watching TV. Sweating only took a few minutes and cutting the slits took about an hour. I went through about 10 cutting disks, but that stuff is cheap if you work in a job where you can get them for free.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 681
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was wondering if I would actually get flow through there or not. Maybe a #40 (3/32) hole at each seam will let the air out, but not interfere with the rest of the flow.
 

Joseph Listan
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Username: Poonstab

Post Number: 610
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I question the necessity of it at all. Why not just let the liquid flow around the edges? You already have the flow concentrated near the first tee (the one closest to the exit tube), and an air bubble makes it flow around the edges anyway, so why not just replace all those tees with couplers?

Or just go back in time and use a continuous piece on the outer four lengths
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 682
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You are right, it might not be necessary, but it works.

My idea was to reduce the distance that the wort has to flow to the exit. I imagined that the center of the tun would have a greater amount of flow than the outsides thus reducing the efficiency by increasing the probability of preferential flow through the center. If the crossover doesn't work the way I planned then it will be about the same as the "old" way. If it does work as planned then it is more gooder than the old way. Either way, it's my way!

I really don't know how to test if it is working as planned other then the fact that I saw a jump in efficiency. That may or may not be because of the crossover section.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 4417
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Over engineering at it's finest!
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 683
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Denny. It helps that I work in an industry of over engineering.
 

Ron Siddall
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Username: Listerdister

Post Number: 150
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Geoff, some of these guys just don't get it when it comes to building the brewery. They are just brewers, not brewer/builders like you.

I think it looks pretty good.

Very high cool factor!
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 217
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 10:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OVER ENGINEERED!!! I hear it nearly every day.

You don't hear this term from the folks trapped in the earthquake rubble however.
Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 218
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 10:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you drill a small hole to let the air out, it will just plug with grain during circulation of run-off.
Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston