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Old 09-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #21
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With the mashtube, is it possible to mount a manifold on the end of it if you wanted to?

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Old 09-26-2012, 07:02 PM   #22
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This is what I use for vorlauf, fly sparging, and now batch sparging. Essentially a fancy water sprinkler that evenly distributes the sparge water or mash runoff.

Not that expensive. A few feet of copper pipe, plumbing solder kit, and drill a few holes on the bottom. It gets complicated when trying to mount / support in a rectangular cooler though.

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:44 PM   #23
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With the mashtube, is it possible to mount a manifold on the end of it if you wanted to?
If you are referring to the return port in the MT, sure, you could add a manifold to that. It would get in the way during mashing if you wanted to stir but I don't see why you couldn't add it at the end of the mash, just put a compression fitting at the bulkhead coupler, unscrew the 90 or 45 you use for recalculating and screw in the manifold for sparging. If you made it out of copper I wouldn't think you would need any other support for it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:54 PM   #24
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If one of these Is installed in a Bk can it be used to whirl pool?
I seem to recall reading that these wont handle boiling temps well.
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I used loc-line for the returns on my reef tank, but hadn't thought of using it like this. You can usually find it at aquarium stores if you need to pick up a few parts. The MashTube is a good price (especially the weldless kit). You can also get parts online for cheaper than McMaster at places such as
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/plumbing/loc-line.html/ or
http://aquariumsupplies.marinedepot....ine&modaf=null

If you have never used it before and you get parts to make your own sparge arm be warned that putting it together without the tool is possible but can try your patience.

If you have extra money and want to build a spray manifold get a couple of these http://www.mcmaster.com/#10095K72

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I've boiled some samples for like 4 hours straight and nothing seemed to happen but the manufacturer claims they will eventually break down at those temps so I wouldn't do it.

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