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Old 05-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Can the manifold be soldered onto the tap in the mash tun and stay there for good? :)

We have just made a manifold but my friend decided to solder the manifold with a piece of copper to the actual base of the tap. I can screw the tap off but the manifold is attached to the base of the tap and cant really be removed. I am wondering if this is okay in the long run. I can use water and chemipro (active oxigen) to clean and sanitize. So...I guess it should be okay. Do you guys agree?

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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Technically is *should* be fine as long as you can find a method of cleaning and sanitizing that does a good job.

But here is the very important part:

The mash tun is PRE boil, so your level of clean/sanitizing can be MUCH lower than that for POST boil equipment. I just run hose water through my manifold and rinse out the mash tun, wiping the sides with a washrag to wipe the stuff off. That's it.

So my opinion is, if you like the way it WORKS, then it's fine.

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I'm with Homer on this one. An occasional rinse in star san and a good thorough rub a dub dub will be sufficient since it is on the unsterilized side of your system. Once the wort leaves there and gets boiled cleanliness becomes a cardinal issue. Where youre at in the process is not dangerous and should not risk contaminating your brew.

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I just dump it then rinse it out with a hose most of the time. When it starts looking a bit crusty then I will hit it with some oxygen cleaner and a sponge.

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I just dump it then rinse it out with a hose most of the time. When it starts looking a bit crusty then I will hit it with some oxygen cleaner and a sponge.
Thanks for the info. What do you mean by "crusty"?
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