A cooler with a valve installed is the first step in building various equipment for homebrewing beer. Once the valve is on, this cooler can be made into a mash tun or a wort chiller. This instructable is meant to be the first step in my following instructables on how to build these.
This will allow you to drain liquids from the cooler at a controlled rate and will be simple enough to disassemble and clean.
Step 1: Rule # 1 aka "The Golden Rule"
Please note: Have all of your materials on hand ahead of time. You don't need to be driving to the hardware store after following the golden rule.
Step 2: The cooler
Most homebrewers brew beer in 5 gallon batches. Make sure the cooler is big enough. If not using a new cooler, try and pick one that is clean, smooth on the inside and free of cracks. Since the cooler in this instructable already has a plug hole drilled into it, I will not be covering how to drill a new one since it isn't necessary.
Step 3: Prepping the cooler
The plug assembly on the cooler consists of a stem, a rubber washer and a nut on the outside. They need to be removed and cleaned. Simply unscrew the outside nut, push out the stem and pull out the washer.