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Old 01-07-2008, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default SS Braid or PVC Manifold in MLT?

I know the pvc manifold probably costs a bit more and would require a bit more work but is there any benefit for going with one over the other? I have a 48 quart rectangular Coleman cooler if it matters.

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Old 01-07-2008, 02:22 PM   #2
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I don't use either, so I won't vote one way or another. I think most people who use either one are happy with it. One thing, though. If you go with a manifold, use copper or CPVC, not PVC. PVC isn't made for the high temps it'll see in the mash.

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I've been pretty happy with the SS braid in my cooler (although it was hard to find braid that was still SS and not some other material). That said, when I finally upgrade everything and use a keggle as my MLT I will probably go with a copper manifold.

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I can not say good or bad about the SS braid. but I'd give a big thumbs up for a CPVC manifold. I have not stuck mine yet.

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I use the SS braid with no problems. Its cheaper and easier and I have no reason to use anything else...

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I used my new stainless steel braid mash tun for the first time yesterday. I had been using a cut down colander in a round 5 gallon igloo.

I was not impressed at all. The drain was incredibly slow to seemingly stuck. I had to constantly use the mash paddle and sweep grain off of the braid. I didn't get grain in the braid or wort. I think the braid just got crushed, although I was only mashing 11 pounds of grain.

Unless someone can offer some suggestions or solutions, it's back to my old colander and a few grains husks in the wort for me until I can build a manifold.

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I just finished building a copper Manifold for my 48 Qt Coleman Rectangular and will be christining it this weekend.

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I just finished building a copper Manifold for my 48 Qt Coleman Rectangular and will be christining it this weekend.
That's exactly what I use and it hasn't done me wrong yet.
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I'd vote for either copper manifold or a SS braid. Either will give you good results.

I use a 30" SS braid that is formed in a loop and connected to a T-fitting. I like the braid because the weave keeps the chunks out of the wort very well when draining the MLT.

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I used my new stainless steel braid mash tun for the first time yesterday. I had been using a cut down colander in a round 5 gallon igloo.

I was not impressed at all. The drain was incredibly slow to seemingly stuck. I had to constantly use the mash paddle and sweep grain off of the braid. I didn't get grain in the braid or wort. I think the braid just got crushed, although I was only mashing 11 pounds of grain.

Unless someone can offer some suggestions or solutions, it's back to my old colander and a few grains husks in the wort for me until I can build a manifold.
Are you 100% positive you have stainless or is it possible you picked up that braided plastic stuff from home depot? You did take the rubber hose out right?
I've never had a stuck sparge with my braid and I crush the heck out of my grain and have done 50% wheat.
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