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Old 11-02-2013, 03:29 PM   #21
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Just tie it both ways with copper wire.

+1 on this!

I was just contemplating the possibility of a simple metal jig to hold it together during use. The wire is too easy..... thanks for saving me a few brain cells!
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #22
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If doing DIY tun/manifold then a dry fit is a must for cleaning and clogs.

Stainless braided mesh tubing is a recommended alternative in the DIY sphere *as* the manifold. They can be purchased in 1/2" tube fine screen in 304/316 and vorlauf's better/faster than most other interim barriers due to the fine mesh. They never clog and can be replaced for $4.00. No soldering required and they can be removed and boiled for cleaning in a few seconds.

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Old 11-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #23
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My false bottom never needs assembly/disassembly, never comes apart during the mash either. :-P

JK you manifolders. I admire your DIY mojo. But anyone reading this and not decided yet should at least know there are some very affordable false bottom options available out there. Copper is expensive too.

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Old 11-05-2013, 05:19 PM   #24
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I've had my manifold dry fitted for years and have never had any problems with it coming apart.
I jinxed myself - put partial manifold in without the copper wire this weekend (doesn't have a perfect fit in the mash tun). Half hour of hand scalding and finagling later I got it to work. During cleanup I found the entire drip array jammed full too. Le sigh...

Long story short - manifolds work a lot better when they're full fit.

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My false bottom never needs assembly/disassembly, never comes apart during the mash either. :-P.


JK you manifolders. I admire your DIY mojo. But anyone reading this and not decided yet should at least know there are some very affordable false bottom options available out there. Copper is expensive too.
There aren't many (any) good square ones though, or rectangular with fun angles. So it's either manifold or braided hose.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:30 PM   #25
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I jinxed myself - put partial manifold in without the copper wire this weekend (doesn't have a perfect fit in the mash tun). Half hour of hand scalding and finagling later I got it to work. During cleanup I found the entire drip array jammed full too. Le sigh...

Long story short - manifolds work a lot better when they're full fit.



There aren't many (any) good square ones though, or rectangular with fun angles. So it's either manifold or braided hose.
Depending on the dimensions of your cooler though, one of these could still work:
http://www.homebrewing.org/product.a...Fap7QgodPToAeQ

Maybe not ideal though. Like I said, I have no problem with the DIY mojo..but I built out a copper manifold for my round Igloo cooler before realizing I coulda done this for cheaper, so I thought I'd mention it.
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You could just take a punch and put a ding on each joint as well. That's what I did with mine after a manifold malfunction and haven't had a problem since.

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Old 11-08-2013, 11:44 AM   #27
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Depending on the dimensions of your cooler though, one of these could still work:
http://www.homebrewing.org/product.a...Fap7QgodPToAeQ

Maybe not ideal though. Like I said, I have no problem with the DIY mojo..but I built out a copper manifold for my round Igloo cooler before realizing I coulda done this for cheaper, so I thought I'd mention it.

Just ordered one of those, they look great.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:16 PM   #28
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Just ordered one of those, they look great.
Glad to have helped...don't want to hijack the thread though....shoutout to the diy brewer spirit in this thread. I love the punch suggestion heebs!
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